Flood rescue efforts bring Turkish choppers on improvised landing pads

On Jul. 19, heavy flood and landslides in Turkey’s southern Hatay city caused 5 dead and 12 wounded.

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The collapse of a bridge over the local highway closed the area by land transport.

Hatay'daki sel felaketi

As a consequence, the Turkish Ministry of Defense dispatched a Cougar and a Sikorsky S-70 helicopter from Incirlik Air Base to the region, to provide search and rescue and medical evacuation missions.

Image credit: Turkish MoD

H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for the heads-up

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