Turkish landslides after heavy rain kill 12

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The Independent Online

At least 12 people were killed by landslides after torrential rain swept northern Turkey.

The deluge hit dozens of homes in the town of Gundogdu, in the Black Sea province of Rize.

The region has become prone to landslides because of deforestation that cleared way for plantations. The rains began late on Thursday as many people were breaking their fasts for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Eleven people were killed and two were reported missing. Rescuers later pulled out the body of an elderly woman, raising the death toll to 12.