The government will help victims of the flash floods recover, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Aug. 13 on his visit to the disaster-hit Kastamonu province in the Black Sea region, ONA reports citing Hurriyet.
“With God’s help, we will overcome these disasters. We will do our best as a state, and hopefully, we will rise from our ashes. This state has never collapsed, we will not collapse again, and we will try to eliminate all grievances as soon as possible,” he said.
“Like many parts of the world, our country has been struggling with natural disasters for a while. This is not happening only in our country but also in the U.S., Canada, and many European countries. Our hope is that we can overcome these disasters with the least damage while dealing with them,” Erdoğan stated.
He recalled that heavy rains caused severe floods and mudslides in Kastamonu, Bartın and Sinop provinces and noted that the Bozkurt, Azdavay, Inebolu, Kure and Pinarbası districts in Kastamonu were places most affected by these torrential rains. Some villages of Bartin’s Ulus and Sinop’s Ayancık districts are among the places severely affected by the flood, he added.
The president announced that the government declared three provinces as disaster areas.