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5 Killed in Landslide in Turkey

July 19, 2013

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Near Hatay in southern Turkey, the site of a deadly landslide in the area is marked in red.

ANKARA, Turkey -- An official says a landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least five people near Turkey's border with Syria.

Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz said the landslide, which struck early Friday, demolished six hillside houses near the town of Dortyol in the border province of Hatay. At least 12 people were hurt.

The private Dogan news agency said the victims included an elderly man and woman and their two grandchildren who were buried beneath their collapsed home.

The government's disaster management agency said at least nine people were rescued by helicopters dispatched to the area.

Turkey is frequently hit by deadly landslides that are triggered by torrential rains.

MORE: Landslide Hits China Last Week

A rescuer helps relocate a woman as the Tuo river floods Jintang county on July 11, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)


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