“The Arhavi river overflowed, the regional center and rural roads were flooded. Work is continuing to save our fellow citizens from natural disaster. “
Süleyman Soylu, the Turkish Interior Minister, arrived in northeastern Turkey and reassured residents that no one has been killed by the floods so far, although at least two people have been injured.
A man was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building and taken to hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery.
The Turkish Search and Rescue Association said it had rescued 18 people, including eight children, who were trapped in the Mencuna waterfall area.
It comes just a week after severe flooding and landslides in Turkey’s Rize province, also following heavy rains, which left six people dead.
Flooding in Turkey’s northeast Black Sea region is not uncommon, with four people losing their lives in flooding in August last year.
And in Serbia, which is experiencing its hottest and driest summer in 40 years, a series of forest fires have broken out in the south of the country, damaging forests and farmland.