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Death toll in floods that hit Turkey climbs to 72, dozens still missing

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Rescuers found more bodies from last week’s flooding on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, raising the death toll to 72, officials said.

Associated Press reported that torrential rains battered the country’s Black Sea provinces on August 11, causing floods that damaged homes and bridges, swept away cars and closed roadways.

At least 60 people were killed in Kastamonu, 11 in Sinop, and one in Bartin, according to Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD.

On Monday, emergency crews continued searching for at least 47 people still missing in Kastamonu and Sinop. AFAD said about 8,000 personnel, accompanied by 20 rescue dogs, are involved in the rescue and assistance efforts.

About 2,400 people were evacuated across the region amid the floods — scores of them lifted to safety by helicopters. Many are being temporarily housed in student dormitories.

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Around 40 villages remain without power, according to AFAD.

Heavy rains along the northern coast of the Black Sea last week also forced 1,500 people to evacuate in Russia.

The heavy flooding came after Turkey endured a searing heat wave and as crews in the south were taming wildfires that raced across the country’s Mediterranean coast.

Climate scientists say there’s little doubt that climate change from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is driving more extreme events — such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and storms — as the planet warms.

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