Death toll climbs 29 in Turkey's flood disaster

The Prime Ministry Crisis Management Center said that flash floods in Istanbul and the neighboring province of Tekirdag killed 29 people.

Death toll climbs 29 in Turkey's flood disaster

The Prime Ministry Crisis Management Center said that flash floods in Istanbul and the neighboring province of Tekirdag killed 29 people.

The center said in a statement posted in its web-site, "5 people in Saray town of Tekirdag and 24 others in Istanbul's districts of Catalca, Silivri and Ikitelli lost their lives in floods triggered by torrential rains on September 8 and 9."

"Efforts are under way to find two people in Tekirdag who were dragged away by flood waters. The Prime Ministry allocated an emergency fund of 250 thousand TL for Tekirdag and 2 million TL for Istanbul," it said.

"The flood waters swamped a number of houses and business places in Saray, Silivri, Catalca and Ikitelli. Some school buildings and state-run hospitals were also damaged. Search-and-rescue efforts as well as damage assessment works are under way in those worst-hit areas with the help of six helicopters and 35 boats," it said.

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