The disaster risk map published by Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) on Sunday Discounts light on The scale of natural disasters threatening Turkey. Based on Data 2021, the map shows the country experienced 107 floods, 66 big forest fires, 16 cases of heavy snowfall or blizzards and 39 landslides.
According to the map, most landslides and floods were reported in western and eastern parts of the black Sea region in the north when the forest fires were the most common in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions in the west and the south.
AFAD launched the Disaster Risk Analysis System (ARAS) in 2017 to better understand and prevent future disasters through analysis. the system brings together data from different agencies to provide a common Platform for relevant disaster response agencies to better analyze risks and coordinate. Since 2017, AFAD teams have registered thousands of incidents, major and minor, and monitoring the risks of landslides, avalanches, sinkholes and other natural threats.
Based in 2009 after bringing together different disaster response agencies, AFAD is at the forefront of efforts against Human-made and natural disasters. Last yearhe intervened in 1,760 cases, from floods to earthquakes. The worst of these were the severe floods in the black Sea region who killed dozens. AFAD said it had deployed more over 14,000 personnel in areas affected by flooding in Düzce, Rize, Artvin and the Western Black Sea. FASHION also responded to forest fires in the Mediterranean region which killed eight people, with more over 22,000 personnel.
Turkey is facing the consequences of the climate crisis with it’s just share of disasters. Although the country is used to forest fires, floods, earthquakes and avalanches, these have worsened in in recent years due to unusual temperature changes resulting from climate change. For example, 2020 was the second-worse year in recent memory, with the highest number of weather-related disasters, from floods to storms.