A powerful storm pounded Istanbul and other parts of Turkey on Monday, killing at least four people and destroying buildings.
The victims included a woman who died in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, where strong gusts tore off part of a roof and it landed on her and her child, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Fortunately, the child survived the ferocious storm with only some injuries.
Wind speeds of more than 120 km per hour in Istanbul took down two lorries on a highway. The storm, which hits western parts of Turkey, has left at least four people dead and 19 injured pic.twitter.com/1DKmZYlONd
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The Istanbul governor’s office said three other people were killed in the city, including a foreign national. It also added that nineteen people were injured, including three people who were in serious condition.
Television images showed the devastating storm knocking down a clock tower. The winds blew away 33 roofs, uprooted 192 trees, knocked down 52 traffic lights and road signs, and damaged 12 cars, according to the Istanbul municipality.
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Accordingly, Bosporus, the narrow waterway that bisects the city, was closed to maritime traffic and ferry services were canceled.
In addition, an airline spokesman noted that at least six Turkish Airlines flights scheduled to land in Istanbul were diverted to the cities of Ankara and Izmir.
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The authorities were forced to cancel ferry services between the coastal resorts of Bodrum and Datca, the private DHA news agency reported.