Süleyman Soylu

Death toll from floods in Turkey's Black Sea region rises to 57

The death toll from floods in Turkey's Black Sea region rose to 58, authorities said late on Aug. 15. 


Floods caused by heavy rains hit the region in the north on Wednesday, leaving 49 people dead in the province of Kastamonu, according to a statement by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Floods Devastate Towns, Killing 27, in Northern Turkey

Members of civil defence organisation evacuate people in areas hit by floods in northern Turkey. Photo: Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate, AFAD.

Floods have brought chaos to the northern provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop and Bartın, from where thousands of people were evacuated by helicopters. Searches for the missing continue. The death toll is expected to rise.

Turkey to convene supreme council to name top military brass

Turkey will convene its Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) on Aug. 4, where decisions will be taken to name top military brass.


The YAŞ is convened every year to discuss promotions and dismissals of the high-ranking military personnel under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and with the participation of key civilian and military officials.

Authorities detain 14 suspects over brutal murder in Konya

Turkish authorities have detained 14 suspects in relation to the ruthless murder of seven members of a family by armed assailants in the Central Anatolian province of Konya's Meram district.


Seven people, including women and children, from the Dedeoğulları family were killed at their house in a brutal gun attack on July 30.

Over 714 kg of heroine seized in Turkey

Turkish security forces seized more than 714 kilograms (1,574 pounds) of heroin on July 23.

In one operation, police in İpekyolu district of eastern Van province captured more than 265 kilos (584 pounds) of heroin and arrested two suspects on allegations of drug trafficking, according to a statement by the provincial police department.

Some 200 people evacuated as heavy rain hits Black Sea province of Rize

Heavy rain has once again hit the Black Sea province of Rize, less than two weeks after the torrential rain and flooding in the city killed at least six people while two others went missing.

In the Fındıklı, Çamlıhemşin and Ardeşen districts of the province, the creeks overflowed their banks.