Friday, August 19, 2011

Flashflood strikes northern Turkish province - 19th Aug 2011

Heavy rain that started in the early hours of Friday triggered floods in the Black Sea province of Ordu, daily Hürriyet reported on its website.

Ordu Gov. Orha Düzgün said 90 kilograms of rain fell per square meter, or approximately 9 centimeters, and quoted Ordu residents as saying this was "the worst disaster that hit the city in the last 50 years."

Rainfall started at around 2 a.m. Friday and continued until morning, causing the Aziziye and Şahincili creeks to overflow. Floods occured on inner city roads and streets.

One lane of the Black Sea Highway's portion that ran through Ordu was closed to traffic.

All neighborhoods, avenues and streets in the city center were affected by the flood. Hundreds of residences and offices were left under water.

There were no reports of loss of life. Source