Landslides triggered by rains kill four in Turkey
Landslides unleashed by torrential rains claimed four lives, stranded some others and paralyzed life in Turkey in the past two days, the Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.
A landslide killed two civilians in Yaglidere town of the northern province of Giresun, while a third survived with serious injuries, Xinhua reported.
In the northern province of Trabzon, two people died after they were stuck under the rubble of their house due to a landslide, triggered by heavy rainfall, said the report.
"We have evacuated 26 houses as a precaution," Trabzon Governor Recep Kizilcik was quoted as saying.
Turkey's Public Works and Housing Minister Mustafa Demir and Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim have flown to Trabzon after heavy rain and snowfall and landslides claimed lives and stranded people, reported Anatolia.
Meanwhile, 18 people whose bus was stranded by avalanches on a road of Mount Ovit in the northeastern province of Rize were rescued in good health.
"The van was stuck as it used a road closed to traffic during winter times," Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying.
Yildirim, who monitored search and rescue operations on Mount Ovit, said the 18 people who were rescued after being stranded in the van for more than a day "are all in stable condition, and in a good mood."
On Sunday morning, the drive and the 17 passengers walked almost two kilometers to reach the area where highway teams were located to help them.