The death toll from flooding in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Giresun rose to seven.
Answering the questions of journalists in the disaster area, Suleyman Soylu said search and rescue teams are still searching for nine missing people, including two gendarmerie personnel.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), in a statement, said some 988 personnel and 288 vehicles were deployed in the rescue efforts.
According to reports, 157 people have been rescued so far. At least 12 people have been injured due to the heavy flooding.
The floodwaters demolished 17 buildings and slightly damaged 361 structures, Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said at a news briefing at the scene.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said damage assessments were underway, adding farmland had suffered less damage than initially estimated.