Tag: disaster

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Environmental group Avli calls on both sides in Cyprus to ‘rise to occasion and coordinate a response to the Baniyas Oil Spill’

A massive oil leak from a faulty power plant in Syria continues to threaten the eastern coastline of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot government has turned to Turkey for help, while side-stepping offers of assistance from neighbouring South Cyprus. Although the situation appears under control, changing wind and sea currents have […]

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Hundreds feared dead from flash floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region

Locals fear the worst after large swathes of northern Turkey has been left under water following torrential rain. Officially the death toll stands at 38, but that is expected to rise significantly as the waters recede. One local official has claimed there may already be as many as 300 bodies, according to a report in Cumhuriyet […]

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Tragedy strikes rescue team in Van, Turkey, as avalanches leave 12 dead

A rescue team searching for people trapped in an avalanche in the town of Bahçesaray, near Van, eastern Turkey, were themselves hit by another avalanche killing eight rescuers. Local people had joined a rescue team from AFAD (Turkey’s Emergency and Disaster Management body) on a stretch of highway near Bahçesaray in a desperate search for […]

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Public urged not to panic after back-to-back earthquakes in Istanbul

A POWERFUL earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale shook Istanbul on Thursday lunchtime,  causing people to rush on to the streets in panic. It was the city’s second major earthquake in as many days. About a dozen people were injured, but there were no known casualties. However, some structural damage has been reported, including […]

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Twenty years on from Turkey’s devastating 1999 earthquake

Turkey will this weekend mark the 20thanniversary of an earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 17,000 people and caused widespread destruction. Ceremonies are expected to be held and prayers said to remember those who lost their lives when disaster struck in the Marmara region just after 3am on 17 August, 1999. The 45-second […]

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Three dead, one missing, as storms lash North Cyprus
 

Three young people have died and another is missing after heavy rain lashed parts of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Wednesday, 5 December, in some of the worst storms for years. The three victims – one female and two male – were named by Turkish Cypriot police as Gaye Soyutok, 18, Tolga Bekçi, […]

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Turkish cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan killing dozens

A Turkish plane flying from Hong Kong to Turkey via Kyrgyz capital Bishkek has crashed killing all four crew members and at least 33 people on the ground, officials say. The early morning crash occurred as a Boeing 747 aircraft operated by ACT Airlines attempted to land in heavy fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 […]