Severe Storms Batter Western Turkey, Causing Flooding and Damage

Severe storms hit western Turkey, causing floods, damage, and loss of life. Authorities warn of heavy rainfall and strong winds in Istanbul, urging caution and preparedness.

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Severe Storms Batter Western Turkey, Causing Flooding and Damage

Severe Storms Batter Western Turkey, Causing Flooding and Damage

Severe rainfall and storms have hit western Turkey, prompting meteorological warnings for 45 provinces, including Istanbul. The Turkish State Meteorological Service and the Istanbul Governorate have warned that Istanbul is expected to experience heavy rainfall ranging from 20 to 50 kg/m2 and strong winds reaching speeds of 40 to 65 km/h from early morning until evening.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) has also cautioned that the western regions, including Istanbul, will be affected by a low-pressure system coming from the central Mediterranean. The cold and rainy weather is expected to diminish by late Saturday, with forecasts indicating clearer conditions by Sunday and temperatures rising above 20 degrees Celsius.

Why this matters: The severe storms and flooding have already caused significant damage and loss of life in western Turkey. The ongoing weather conditions pose risks to public safety and infrastructure, emphasizing the need for preparedness and swift response from authorities.

The severe weather has already taken a deadly toll, with at least 9 people reported dead due to the storms and flooding. In the Black Sea, a Turkish-flagged cargo ship, the Kafkametler, sank after hitting a breakwater, resulting in one seaman's death and 11 others missing. Another cargo ship, the Cameroon-flagged Pallada, broke into two due to the heavy weather conditions after running aground.

The storms have also caused flooding in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Batman, claiming the lives of 5 people, including a grandmother and her three grandchildren. Over 50 people have been injured, and rising water levels forced the transfer of inmates from a prison in Eregli. The severe weather has also impacted neighboring Bulgaria, where two people have died and power supplies have been disrupted.

As the severe storms continue to batter western Turkey, authorities are urging residents to exercise caution and heed warnings. "Citizens should be vigilant against heavy rainfall, storms, and potential flooding," stated an official from the Istanbul Governorate. Rescue and relief efforts are underway in the affected regions, with teams working to assist those impacted by the severe weather conditions.

Key Takeaways

  • Severe storms hit western Turkey, prompting warnings for 45 provinces, including Istanbul.
  • Istanbul expected to experience heavy rainfall (20-50 kg/m2) and strong winds (40-65 km/h).
  • Storms have caused significant damage and loss of life, with at least 9 people reported dead.
  • Flooding in southeastern provinces claimed 5 lives, and 50+ people were injured.
  • Authorities urge caution and warn of potential flooding, with rescue efforts underway.