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Deadly floods hit Eastern Europe

Scattered vehicles and furniture on the aftermath of floods caused by heavy rains in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday Associated Press/Photo by Khalil Hamra

Deadly floods hit Eastern Europe

Heavy rainstorms swept across Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria on Tuesday, triggering flooding that has caused at least 11 deaths. Several more people in Turkey were still missing Wednesday morning, according to Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya. Greece’s weather service reported that one village received nearly 30 inches of rain late Tuesday, the highest amount recorded since 2006.

How are the countries responding? Some subway stations have been shut down in Istanbul, the former Turkish capital. Rescuers also had to save 12 people trapped in a library. In Greece, floodwaters have triggered landslides, destroyed a bridge, and swept away dozens of cars. The hardest hit areas, Volos and the mountain region of Pelion, have banned traffic and warned people to stay inside.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in World Tour on Nigeria’s worst flood of the decade.

Tobin Jacobson

Tobin Jacobson is a student at Patrick Henry College and the World Journalism Institute.

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