Turkey: Severe Storms and Flooding Leave Nine Dead; 11 Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sank in Black Sea (Watch Video)

Turkey: Severe Storms and Flooding Leave Nine Dead; 11 Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sank in Black Sea (Watch Video)

Ankara, November 20: Severe storms and flooding have left nine people dead across Turkey, officials said Monday, including one seaman who died when a cargo ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Eleven other crew were reported missing.

The Turkish-flagged Kafkametler sank on Sunday after hitting a breakwater outside the harbour off the town of Eregli, some 200 km (124 miles) east of Istanbul. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu said the vessel, which was on its way to the western Turkish port of Izmir, smashed into the breakwater several times before it sank. Turkey Removes Coca Cola, Nestle Products From Restaurants and Cafeterias Inside Turkish Parliament Over Their Alleged Support to Israel.

The search-and-rescue operation was delayed by several hours because of the severe weather. But as the condition eased, rescuers on Monday found the body of the ship’s cook, Uraloglu said.

Cargo Ship Sank in Black Sea

At least three people were killed in the storms in the town of Eregli, while five people died in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Batman after being swept away by floodwaters caused by heavy rains, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said. The victims included a grandmother and her three grandchildren. Some 50 people were hurt.

Another cargo ship, the Cameroon-flagged Pallada broke into two due to heavy weather conditions after running aground in 5-metre (16-foot) waves off Eregli, the Maritime General Directorate said. All 13 crew were rescued safely. Turkey’s Erdogan to Visit Germany as Differences over the Israel-Hamas War Widen.

Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said inmates had been transferred from Eregli’s prison to surrounding facilities due to rising water levels. In neighbouring Bulgaria, gale-force winds and heavy rain and snow claimed the lives of two people on Sunday and disrupted power supplies. Officials declared a state of emergency in the Black Sea city of Varna.

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