Nine people have died in Turkey due to a storm, along with 11 sailors declared missing in the Black Sea, according to the Turkish Ministry of the Interior on Monday. Ali Yerlikaya, speaking in the northwestern province of Zonguldak, announced that five people, including three children, died in floods in the provinces of Tatman and Diyarbakir in the southeast. In the same area, four people died due to the storm.
The body of one of 12 Turkish sailors who went missing off the coast of Eregli in Zonguldak province was found on Monday morning. A Turkish cargo ship with 12 crew members sank in the Black Sea during a storm on Sunday. The governor’s office reported that bad weather prevented planes and vessels from searching for the ship.
The Turkish Interior Ministry noted that a ship sailing under the flag of Cameroon broke apart near Eregli due to the force of the waves, but all the crew were saved. Winds of 130 to 140 km per hour formed waves eight to nine meters high, causing the devastating conditions in the area. Search and rescue activities are expected to begin once the weather conditions improve.