Heavy rains and floods add to the misery of earthquake victims

Heavy rains and floods add to the misery of earthquake victims
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Turkey’s Southeastern Sanliurfa and Adiyaman provinces were hard hit by heavy rains on Tuesday night, leaving five dead and four missing

Heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday night hit the southeastern Turkish provinces of Sanliurfa and Adiyaman, which had already been hit by massive earthquakes on Feb. 6, putting the region in further distress, resulting with five dead and four missing.

Heavy rainfall caused several streams to overflow, leaving many streets and avenues submerged in water in Sanliurfa, where one person was struck by lightning and four people who have been swept away by the floods died.

The emergency room of the state hospital was also flooded. All schools in the province were closed for the day.

Videos on social media show roads turned into rivers and cars floating on the surface

Governor Salih Ayhan warned citizens on social media that the rainfall might cause floods in the canals and streams, and that residents living near canal beds and in basement apartments should evacuate their homes.

The Tut district of Adiyaman was also affected, with a container in a garden being washed away by floodwaters, resulting in one death and four missing persons.

Many tents in the city were affected by the rainfall.

The authorities are working to assess the damage and provide assistance to those affected by the floods.