Seventeen people were killed in floods caused by torrential rains and mudslides in the provinces on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Earlier it was reported about eleven were dead.

“The number of people killed in the floods in Kastamonu, Synod, and Bartin has reached seventeen,” Erdogan wrote in Telegram.

He added that the search and rescue operation in the area of the disaster continues.

It was reported that more than 600 people were evacuated; about 300 settlements were left without electricity. Due to the destruction of bridges and damage to the roadway, traffic was blocked on some roads in the disaster area, including the Bartin-Karabyuk highway. In the city of Bozkurt, Kastamonu province, several multi-storey buildings collapsed due to a mudslide; rescuers are working on the rubble.