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At least seven dead in Turkey landslide

  • A man walks past a house tilted sideways after heavy rains swept through Gundogdu, near Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: At least seven people were killed late Sunday when a landslide invaded the pitch at an amateur football game in southeastern Turkey, engulfing players and spectators, local sources said.

Three others were injured and a fourth person went missing as sodden earth knocked over a wall at the football pitch in the city of Sirnak, hit by heavy rains in recent days.

Turkey is prone to deadly landslides, with torrential rains often overwhelming settlements perched on hillsides or near riverbeds.

In August 2010, 12 people were killed in a Black Sea landslide, after the region was pounded by heavy rains that caused massive flooding and demolished houses.

 
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