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At least 32 dead in Turkey’s floods, government under fire

September 10, 2009

From AFP

Turkey’s government came under fire on Thursday over ramshackle planning in Istanbul, a day after killer floods swept away cars and bridges in what the prime minister called the “disaster of the century.”

With the death toll from the flash floods in Istanbul and its environs rising to 32, authorities launched a massive rescue and clean-up operation as they braced for a new front of heavy rain to hit large parts of the country.

Tragic stories came out of the hunt for the eight people reported missing in the floods that left many stranded in apartments and some in trees and on car roofs.

The latest body to be recovered was of a man whose wife and three daughters were also killed when the deluge swept through their farm Tuesday in the province of Tekirdag, to the west of Istanbul, the Anatolia news agency said.

At least 26 of the dead were in Istanbul, a metropolis of more than 12 million people where mass immigration has led to a rapid growth with poor planning and inadequate structure.

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