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6 Sep, 2023 01:38

Southern Europe hit by deadly floods (VIDEOS)

At least seven people have died in three countries
Southern Europe hit by deadly floods (VIDEOS)

Intense flash floods devastated parts of Bulgaria, Greece, and Türkiye on Tuesday, killing at least seven people. The torrents disrupted traffic on multiple roads and prompted evacuations. 

Two victims perished in Istanbul, Türkiye’s largest city, the governor’s office said late on Tuesday.

According to officials, the floods caused by heavy downpour devastated the Basaksehir and Kucukcekmece districts in the European part of Istanbul.

Videos posted to social media show raging torrents filling the streets and sweeping away cars. Several subway stations were flooded.

Dozens who were trapped inside the library building have since been rescued, Yasin Kartoglu, the top official in Basaksehir, said.

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said two people were killed and four were missing after a flash flood hit a campsite in Kirklareli province, near the border with Bulgaria. A search and rescue operation was launched after tourist bungalows were swept away.

Similar scenes occurred in Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of Tsarevo, where entire streets were submerged in water. Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov said that two people were confirmed dead and three were unaccounted for. Around 60 people were evacuated, according to officials. 

Torrential rains also hit Greece. One man was killed in the city of Volos when a wall fell on him, while another person was missing, a local fire department said.

A nursing home with 94 elderly residents was evacuated in Volos after the building was damaged by flood waters. 

International tourists were also stranded on the island of Skiathos as police ordered locals and foreigners to stay off the streets.