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Floods Kill 21 People in Southeastern Turkey


Turkish authorities say flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 21 people in a largely Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey.

In the deadliest incident, officials say floodwaters swept away a minibus in Diyarbakir province Tuesday night, killing 14 passengers.

The bus was carrying wedding guests from Diyarbakir city to a town in neighboring Mardin province when it got stuck on a muddy road, near the town of Cinar. The driver and three other passengers survived by leaving the bus before it was engulfed by floodwaters.

Authorities say the floods also killed at least seven other people in the provinces of Diyarbakir and Sirnak on Tuesday.

Turkish soldiers used helicopters and boast to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by the floods.

Weather experts say the heavy rain is likely to continue in southeastern Turkey for another day.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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