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UPDATE-Northern Turkey: Landslide destroys 22 buildings

UPDATE-Northern Turkey: Landslide destroys 22 buildings
Dozens evacuated after landslide strikes for second time in four months

UPDATES WITH THE STATEMENT OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR, CHANGES HEADLINE, DECK, THROUGHOUT

By Hayati Akcay

ORDU, Turkey (AA) - A landslide destroyed 22 buildings in the Black Sea province of Ordu in northern Turkey early Thursday.

The houses destroyed were in the Aybasti district, a previous landslide site where 29 houses had been evacuated after a similar incident in February.

Local gendarmerie took security precautions and prohibited entrance to the affected area.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Seddar Yavuz said a mosque was also destroyed during the landslide.

He added that authorities have so far evacuated 61 buildings.

Yavuz said the state has as of yet provided 214,500 Turkish liras ($35,700) to assists evacuates.

"We will also make the necessary payments for their other emergency needs rapidly," he added.

* Writing by Fatih Hafiz Mehmet in Ankara




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