At least 44 people have died in catastrophic floods and landslides in northern Turkey, the Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) said.
Heavy rains hitting the Black Sea provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop on Wednesday caused flooding that destroyed houses, destroyed at least five bridges, demolished cars and made numerous roads impassable. AFAD reported that 36 people died in Kastamonu, seven in Sinop and one in Bartin.
Nine people remain hospitalized in Sinop and one person is missing in Bartin province, according to the agency.
Rescue teams and sniffer dogs continue their painstaking work to find residents. According to AFAD, 5,188 people, 27 rescue dogs, 19 helicopters and two search aircraft are working in the disaster areas.
About 2,250 people were evacuated across the region, some were lifted from rooftops by helicopters, and many were temporarily housed in student dormitories, authorities said.