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One killed in flash floods in western Turkey


09:16, December 04, 2012

ANKARA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Turkey's western province of Balikesir have killed one person and caused severe property damage, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported Monday.

Many houses, workplaces and streets were damaged by floods Sunday after it began raining on Saturday in Edremit and towns in Balikesir, said the report, adding that a 73-year-old woman was swept away by flood waters after she went outside to check a garden wall which had collapsed due to the torrential rains.

The woman's body was found early Monday by a rescue team, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the Canakkale-Izmir Highway and the road between Balikesir's Gomec and Ayvalik towns were closed to traffic due to the floods.

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