Bodies of two men were found after they went missing when a light commercial vehicle was swept away by flood waters in western Turkey, a security source said on Dec. 14.
Due to heavy rainfall, a stream in the Menderes district of Izmir province overflowed and the vehicle carrying five people started drifting away as it attempted to cross the stream, said the source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
While three of them – Engincan Parlatan, Ayhan Alistrat, and Derya Parlatan – were able to save their lives, two others -Mehmet Aslan and Soner Uyar – went missing in flood waters.
Body of Uyar was found in a water trench nearly three kilometers (1.86 miles) away from the scene.
Meanwhile, the teams searching the area via police helicopter detected Aslan’s body nearly four kilometers (2.48 mi) away on a waterfront.
The vehicle had been found nearly 800 meters (2,624 feet) away from the scene.
Earlier, speaking to reporters, Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger said the water level is still high, and it is technically impossible to remove the vehicle.
Köşger said the incident occurred when the weekend curfew, which is imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, was in force.
Hurriyet Daily News