On 15th March, floods swept through the streets of two southeastern Turkish cities already devastated by earthquakes that killed more than 52,000 and left thousands homeless.
The floods caused by torrential rains happened only 5 weeks after the catastrophic earthquakes and the aftershocks. So far, 14 people have died in the floods in Sanliurfa and Adiyaman while several others are missing. Out of the 14, five were Syrian nationals.
The Governor of Sanliurfa, Salih Ayhan shared how he “had never seen flooding like it.”
Among the victims were the earthquake survivors who had been living in container homes since the tragedy. Several survivors who were sheltering in tents were evacuated from a drench campsite. Patients too were evacuated from a hospital.