Two landslides triggered by heavy rain roared through a village in Turkey's Black Sea province of Trabzon Thursday, killing at least 150 people, a local official said.
One slide at 2 a.m. devastated the village of Catak and a five-mile stretch of road linking the mountain village of Torul and the Black Sea port of Trabzon, Trabzon Mayor Enver Hizlan said by telephone.The semi-official Anatolia News Agency said rescue work was held up because officials feared more landslides as heavy rain continued, but bulldozers and other equipment were standing by.
The news agency said the slide blocked a mountain road near Catak and stopped traffic. People traveling in buses and other vehicles went over to a coffee house to wait for the road to be cleared.
At about 8 a.m. a second landslide roared down the mountain overlooking the village, burying it and the coffee shop, Anatolia said.