Heavy rain, flood damages southern town

Heavy rain, flood damages southern town

MUĞLA - Anatolia News Agency
Heavy rain, flood damages southern town

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More than 150 houses have been rendered uninhabitable in Köyceğiz, a town in the Aegean province of Muğla, after heavy rains began Jan. 6 and continued for three days.

Hotels and homes were flooded after the water level rose by up to 3 meters in Köyceğiz Lake. The connecting roads to the villages in the province became impassable, according to reports. 

Köyceğiz Mayor Salih Erbay said 150 houses, including his own home, were submerged. “Vehicles and telephone boxes are all underwater; we cannot estimate total damages for now,” Erbay said.

Farmers affected

District Gov. Yücel Gemici said the rain was still falling but there was nothing to be afraid of. They are continuing to make provisions for the coming days, Gemici said.

Meanwhile, according to a written statement made by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, heavy rains affected 433 farmers in three cities: Antalya, Muğla and Mersin. The flood damage will be covered by crop insurance law, the statement said. 

Education has been suspended in the Köyceğiz for three days.

More rain is expected in the southern and southwestern regions of Turkey today.