World Bulletin / News Desk
A sudden downpour in northern Turkey paralyzed life on Monday, leading to the death of one person and causing significant property damage as streams and rivers overflowed in the early morning hours in the northern provinces of Samsun and Kastamonu.
Heavy rain that caused a stream in Samsun's village of Çobanlı to overflow its banks led to a flash flood in the area. Several houses and cars were inundated in the deluge, and many residents were prevented from going to work.
In Samsun's Atakum district, residents kept watch over businesses and homes, fearing more flooding. No casualties were reported in the district. However, municipal officials and locals have been working hard to repair the damage caused by the torrential rains.
In the northern province of Kastamonu, two people died in separate incidents involving lightning strikes. A 9-year-old girl was struck by lightning in the village of Ümit while running for shelter from the storm. She was killed immediately.
A 50-year-old man died in Çukurköyü village after the tree he ran under for cover was struck by lightning and fell on him. He died at the scene. His remains were taken the Tosya State Hospital morgue.
Meteorologists have warned the public about possible flash floods in Samsun and have said the downpour in the region is expected to continue. Heavy rains will also affect the Bafra, Ondokuzmayıs, Alaçam and Yakakent districts of Samsun province.
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