At least seven died, many swept away due to heavy flooding in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria

ANKARA: At least seven people lost their loves due to intense rainstorms in Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria on Tuesday, leading to catastrophic flooding as reported by The Guardian.

According to media reports, the victims included two holidaymakers who tragically swept away by a powerful torrent at a campsite in northwestern Turkey.

The reports said that in Turkey’s Kirklareli province, near the Bulgarian border, a flash flood inundated a campsite, with Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya reporting four other individuals as missing.

As per the reports, approximately 12 holidaymakers were present at the site when the floodwaters struck. Search and rescue teams managed to locate two bodies, and the search continues relentlessly for the missing four, as stated on the social media platform X.

Meanwhile, television broadcasts showed rescuers rescuing a young girl and an adult from waist-high floodwaters in some areas. The torrential rains also damaged the infrastructure leading to a major road closure, according to reports from HaberTurk television.

In Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, heavy rainfall resulted in flooded streets and homes in two neighborhoods, resulting in at least two fatalities, according to the governor’s office. Around a dozen people were rescued after becoming stranded inside a library, and some subway stations were temporarily closed. Istanbul Governor Davut Gul urged motorcyclists to stay home.

Meanwhile, in Greece, authorities imposed traffic bans in the central town of Volos, the nearby mountain region of Pilion, and the resort island of Skiathos due to record rainfall. The flood caused thigh-high torrents to surge through streets and swept away vehicles.

One fatality occurred near Volos when a wall collapsed on a man. Five individuals were reported missing, potentially swept away by the floodwaters. Mobile phone alerts were issued in several other areas of central Greece, the Sporades island chain, and the island of Evia, urging people to limit outdoor activities.

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Furthermore, in the Pilion area, streams overflowed, carrying cars into the sea, while rockfalls blocked roads, a small bridge was washed away, and numerous areas experienced power outages. A retirement home in the city of Volos was evacuated as a precaution.

Greece’s weather service revealed that a village in the Pilion region received a staggering 75.4cm (almost 30 inches) of rain on Tuesday night, the highest recorded level since at least 2006. The average annual rainfall in the Athens region is approximately 40cm (15.75 inches).

Meanwhile, Greece’s Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Vassilis Kikilias anticipated a decrease in heavy rainfall after noon on Wednesday, advising affected residents to remain indoors.

The flood follows major summer wildfires that ravaged Greece in recent weeks, claiming over 20 lives. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attributed both the wildfires and storms to climate change while acknowledging that his government had not managed the wildfire situation as effectively as desired.

Further north, in Bulgaria, Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov reported two deaths and three individuals missing due to floods caused by a storm along the country’s southern Black Sea coast. Overflowing rivers damaged roads and bridges, leading to power outages, while tap water contamination from floodwaters prompted authorities to warn against drinking it. High winds and torrential rain triggered 2-meter (6-foot) waves at tourist resorts, resulting in widespread flooding of streets and residences.

In the hardest-hit southern resort town of Tsarevo, television footage displayed cars and camper vans being swept out to sea. A state of emergency was declared in Tsarevo, and residents were advised to move to higher floors as the ground floors of some hotels were inundated.

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