Six Killed, 1 Missing In Flash Floods In Turkey

Tuesday, September 8th 2009, 9:28 am
By: News On 6

Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Flash floods triggered by torrential rains killed six people in northwestern Turkey on Tuesday, officials and reports said. One person was reported missing.

Nazmi Coban, the mayor of the town of Saray, said rescue workers there recovered the bodies of four people -- including a 6-year-old girl -- and were still searching for another member of the family who was swept away by floods.

Rescuers also found the bodies of an elderly couple whose house collapsed in the floods, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Saray is in Tekirdag province, close to the border with Greece.

The floods washed away one bridge and inundated hundreds of homes in the Saray region. Dozens of farm animals were also washed away.

Torrential rains also caused floods in the Silivri and Catalca suburbs of Istanbul, immersing homes and roads, Anatolia reported. Two major highways leading to Istanbul were closed down.