Heavy floods hit northwest Turkey killing at least 17 people

At least seventeen people were reportedly killed in flash floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region on Thursday.

It was reported that the floods sent water and debris cascading through streets, damaged bridges and ripped up roads.

The floods and the fires, which killed eight people and devastated tens of thousands of hectares of forest, struck in the same week that a United Nations panel said global warming is dangerously close to spiraling out of control.

The floodwaters brought chaos to northern provinces just as authorities were declaring that some of the wildfires that had raged through southern coastal regions for two weeks had been brought under control.

Authorities said that 299 forest fires which had burnt across southwestern provinces for the last two weeks had been brought under control.

President Tayyip Erdogan said they were the worst fires Turkey had faced in its history.

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