At least 40 people have been killed in floods and mudslides in Turkey, the country’s emergency services reported today (Saturday). Heavy rains, which began on Wednesday, led to the destruction of many homes, the collapse of at least five bridges, the destruction of roads and the drift of cars.

The severe storm hit the districts of Bertin, Kastomono, Sinofesh and Samson, and according to reports from the region, hundreds of infamous people are missing.

About 2,250 people were evacuated from their homes due to the heavy damage, some of them evacuated by helicopters, after being forced to climb to the roofs due to the flooding of the apartments in which they lived. Authorities in Turkey have noted that some of the evacuees have been temporarily housed in student dormitories in the area.

Floods in Turkey (Photo: Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Press Office / Handout via REUTERS)

Climate scientists explicitly say that global warming, mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels and the use of oil and natural gas, is leading to climate change and extreme weather events. According to experts, such events will occur more and more often, depending on the continuation of the warming trend.

In addition, experts in Turkey claimed: “Shaky infrastructure has contributed to the destruction caused by the rains and floods.” Geologists added that the infrastructure at the site reduced the river channel from hundreds to only 15 meters, which harmed nature’s ability to drain the floodwaters and mud rivers. In addition, on the banks of the river, on the first line to the water, residential buildings were built.

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