Cargo ship splits in half during storms which have killed at least nine

Cargo ship splits in half during storms which have killed at least nine  

The Turkish-flagged Kafkametler sank off the coast of Eregli, northern Turkey, on Sunday, after smashing into a breakwater several times, officials said.

Sea conditions were so dangerous that rescuers could not search for its 12 crew members until Monday morning.

The body of the ship’s cook has been retrieved while the other 11 are missing, according to Turkish transport minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu.

Meanwhile, the Cameroon-flagged Pallada ran aground after anchoring at Eregli, northern Turkey, to shelter from the storm.

High winds and 16-foot high waves shoved the vessel into concrete walls, breaking it in half.

Its 13 crew members made it safely to shore beforehand.

A private vessel saved another dozen crew members onboard a second Cameroon-flagged cargo ship which drifted out to sea after its mooring ropes broke.

Flooding caused the deaths of four people in Batman Province, in the country’s southeast, three people in Zongulda, and one person in Diyarbakir, authorities added.

The victims included a mother and her two children, while a third child remains missing.

Meanwhile, rising water levels forced officials to evacuate a prison in Eregli and move inmates into surrounding facilities.

Fierce storms also carried into neighbouring Bulgaria, claiming the lives of another two people and causing blackouts.

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