GUNDOGDU: Eight people were killed and six were missing after landslides caused by torrential rain wiped out several homes in a town in northeast Turkey, the state-run Anatolian news agency said on Friday.
The landslides hit the town of Gundogdu, in Rize province in the eastern Black Sea region, late on Thursday, and emergency workers were continuing rescue efforts on Friday.
Anatolian quoted State Minister Faruk Nafiz Ozak, who was at the scene, as saying six people were still missing.
Bulldozers were trying to shift a four-storey building that had been knocked sideways by a landslide. Telephone communications were cut in the mountainous area.
Deadly landslides are common on Turkey's Black Sea coast, where heavy rain can displace unstable land on which residents erect structures that do not meet building codes. AGENCIES