At least 8 dead in Turkey's southeast after torrential rains and flooding

Torrential rainfall in Turkey caused severe flooding across the country and was blamed for the deaths of at least 8 people in the southeast, local authorities said Wednesday. At least 15 people were reported missing in the same region.

Authorities recovered the bodies of five people in two separate towns in the province of Diyarbakir while three bodies, including those of two children, were recovered in the province of Sirnak, local authorities said, reports AP.

Authorities and military troops, reinforced by military helicopters, were searching for 15 people reported missing in the southeast, private NTV television reported.

Heavy rainfall and flooding were also affecting Istanbul and the Mediterranean resort town of Alanya, NTV said Wednesday.

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