Floods in Turkey’s Black Sea region kill six people, 12 missing

(Updates with death toll, statements from interior, environment ministers)

Floods in Turkey’s Black Sea province have killed at least six people, with 12 more reported missing, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

A total of 127 people have been rescued in the northeastern province of Giresun and roads to 118 villages were closed, Anadolu cited Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu as saying.

Soylu, who arrived at the scene, said five gendarmerie officers and an excavator operator went missing after a 5-metre high culvert collapsed due to the floods.

The minster said heavy rains, which started on Saturday, reached 137 kilograms of density in some districts.

"We were not expecting such a grave scene when we arrived here,'' Soylu said."We are faced with a serious situation.''

Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum said hundreds of buildings had been damaged in the flooding.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that rescue teams had been dispatched to Giresun.