The seasonal drought in Turkey's Black Sea region is a result of the irregular precipitation regime stemming from the climate crisis, which could increase the number of flash floods and landslides in the area, according to experts.
"We're expecting more floods and landslides in our area because of climate change," Artvin Çoruh University's Prof. Aydın Tüfekçioğlu said.
Experts say that famers should plant trees with long roots, like apple and pear trees, to stabilize the soil where majority of the country tea and hazelnuts are grown.
Waterbeds should be widened to allow for lower speed, which would decrease the risk of flooding, Prof. Tüfekçioğlu added.
Additionally, settlements should be moved at least 200 meters above the sea level, Tüfekçioğlu said.Gov't does not deem environmental report necessary for sea-filling project in Rize, known for landslides