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Death Toll in Turkey Floods Hits 70, with Dozens Still Missing

HeadlineAug 16, 2021

In northern Turkey, at least 70 people are dead after torrential rains set off massive floods in the Black Sea region. Nearly four dozen others are still missing. Survivors described a wall of water tossing cars down streets, washing away bridges, buildings and roads.

Elif: “Several dead bodies were washed away in front of my eyes. There was a dog there with her puppies. I cannot get the screams of her out of my head. I really cannot. It was awful. It was really awful. Right now I cannot be grateful that I am alive.”

July was the hottest month ever recorded in nearly a century and a half of recordkeeping. Land surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere last month averaged nearly 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit above historical averages.

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