“They not too long ago pulled out a physique from a grocery retailer, though it was purported to have been evacuated,” Mr. Baltaci mentioned.
The lacking from the prolonged household in Bozkurt included 12-year-old twin women and their grandparents, in addition to two youthful youngsters and their two aunts, a relative, Fatih Karaalioglu, mentioned by phone.
Arzu Yucel, the mom of the twins, mentioned the household had solely been warned to maneuver their automobiles to greater floor as a precaution towards flooding.
Ms. Yucel, talking in a video interview to the Demiroren information company, mentioned she left the condo block subsequent to the Ezine river the place the household has flats, on Wednesday to maneuver the automotive. She turned trapped by the rising waters and needed to take shelter on the staircase of a close-by constructing.
For 5 hours, Ms. Yucel mentioned, she was capable of wave to her youngsters on one of many balconies of the condo block. However then the block collapsed.
“My eyes noticed every thing, we couldn’t do something,” Ms. Yucel mentioned.
“They informed us to maneuver the automobiles, to not save our lives,” she mentioned. “I might have saved them.”
Ramazan Yucel, her husband, coming back from Istanbul, arrived within the catastrophe space early on Thursday alongside some rescue employees, and after reaching the collapsed constructing by boat, labored fruitlessly to search out survivors, mentioned Mr. Karaalioglu, the relative.