Rains trigger landslide in Turkey, 12 killed

August 27, 2010 16:43


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ANKARA, Turkey — Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains swept through a town in northern Turkey, killing at least 12 people, officials said Friday.

The landslide hit dozens of homes in Gundogan, in the tea-growing Black Sea province of Rize. The region has become prone to landslides from deforestation to clear way for plantations.

The rains began late Thursday, as many people were breaking their dawn-to-dusk fasts for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the Anatolia news agency.

The Interior Ministry said 11 people were killed and two were reported missing. Rescuers later pulled out the body of an elderly woman, the Anatolia news agency reported, raising the death toll to 12.

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