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Flooding Kills 10 in Turkey

May 21, 1998

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Floods inundated houses, wrecked bridges, and downed power and telephone lines Thursday in rain-soaked northwestern Turkey, killing at least 10 people.

High waters stranded 12 American tourists in the scenic Yedigoller area, near the Black Sea city of Bolu, the Anatolia news agency said. Military helicopters were sent to rescue them.

Five people were killed when a bridge collapsed near Devrek, Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz said. Five other people, including two children, also drowned.

The worst hit area was the Black Sea town of Bartin, 150 miles northwest of Ankara. The town is on the Bartin River, which spilled out of its banks.

Yilmaz said 70 percent of Bartin was flooded and some 200 people were waiting to be rescued.

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