A week after heavy rains, floods and landslides hit Rize, killing six people and leaving two people missing, the province is again experiencing heavy rains, floods and landslides.
Artvin, another Black Sea province of Turkey, is also facing floods and landslides as a result of heavy rains.
According to the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), Ardeshen and Fındıklı were particularly affected by the rains last night (July 21).
The volume of water in the Aryli River in Fyndykli increased due to heavy rain. While the rain caused several small landslides in the town of Tunja in Ardeshene, public facilities of Dereagyzy in Tunja municipality were flooded. In addition, the rain increased the velocity of the stream flowing through the village of Achkar in Areşen District.
The river flowing through the center of Arkhavi in Artvin burst its banks, dragging several cars into the water and flooding houses and industrial premises.
The volume of water in the Kapisre River flowing through the Bogazici neighborhood in Arhavi also increased, causing it to overflow. Several basements and ground floors were flooded because the river in the district center overflowed its banks.
Several residents were trapped in buildings as entrances were under water. Electricity and the Internet were cut off in the area. The hydroelectric building collapsed and was swept away by the floodwaters.
While a 1.5-meter water surface formed in front of the buildings by the Black Sea Coast Road, workers toiling in the tea plantations were trapped in the orchards.
The basements and basements of the Arhavi State Hospital and the Arhavi Military Gendarmerie Command were also flooded. Several cars ended up in the water. As a precautionary measure, the bridge, which carries vehicular traffic to the district center of Arhavi, was closed.