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UPDATE 2 - Woman's body recovered after flash floods in NW Turkey

UPDATE 2 - Woman's body recovered after flash floods in NW Turkey
Provincial governorship says 219 people have been rescued in northwestern Duzce province

UPDATES WITH ONE BODY RECOVERED, REVISED HEADLINE, DECK, LEDE

By Ibrahim Yozoglu, Omer Urer and Tayyib Hosbas

DUZCE, Turkey (AA) - A woman’s body was recovered in northwestern Turkey on Friday amid search and rescue efforts for seven people missing following flash floods -- including four children -- the provincial governorship said.

The body was found in a streambed between the villages of Esmahanim and Ugurlu in Akcakoca, said a statement from the Duzce Governor’s Office.

Search and rescue efforts remain underway for missing villagers from Esmahanim.

A total of 219 people have so far been rescued in the Cumayeri and Akcakoca districts, the governorship said earlier in the day.

Some 135 people were also given shelter, it added.

Search operations are focusing along the 21-kilometer (13-mile) riverbank, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Thursday.

"All residents trapped in villages were rescued by helicopter. We have reached almost every area to provide food and shelter," Soylu said.

Cumayeri and Akcakoca were hit late Wednesday by heavy rainfall that triggered landslides and blocked roads.

*Writing by Sena Guler, Zehra Nur Duz and Dilara Hamit

source: News Feed
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