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Seventy dead, dozens still missing after Turkey floods

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A soldie helps to clear debris in Bozkurt, in Kastamonu province, on August 15, 2021 after after a flash flood destroyed the bank of the Ezine Stream. – Rescuers were battling against time on August 14 to find survivors of flash floods in northern Turkey as the death toll rose to 44, according to a provisional tally. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Seventy people died and 47 are still missing in Turkey after flash floods hit Black Sea regions last week, officials said on Monday.

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The death toll has been climbing all weekend as rescue and recovery workers pick through debris left behind by the subsiding waters in the hardest-hit areas.

More than 40 villages still have no electricity and some areas have no running water, according to the disaster and emergencies service.

Emergency teams set up temporary cell phone receivers and transmitters to help with communications, it said.

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The devastation across Turkey’s northern regions came just as the country was gaining control over hundreds of wildfires that killed eight people and destroyed swathes of forest along its scenic southern coast.

On Saturday, five Russian servicemen and three Turkish citizens died when their Russian Be-200 firefighting plane crashed in a remote mountainous zone in the south.

Scientists say natural disasters such as wildfires and floods are becoming more intense and frequent because of global warming caused by polluting emissions.

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