Flash floods slam Istanbul, kill at least 30

Flash floods gushed across a major highway and commercial districts in Istanbul and inundated portions of the northwestern province of Tekirdag on September 9, killing at least 30 people and stranding dozens in cars or on rooftops. Fueled by the worst rain in decades, waters rose more than three feet (a meter) high in the Istanbul’s Ikitelli district, cutting off the route to Istanbul’s main airport and the highway to Greece and Bulgaria on the European side of the sprawling city. Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport was not affected by the floods, and flights went ahead as normal, said deputy manager Celal Özügür. However, many passengers could not reach the airport or leave it once they arrived.

The floods occurred September 8 northwest of Istanbul and again today in the early hours as people began making their way to work along Istanbul’s main highway connecting Ataturk International Airport and the commercial district. Authorities blocked the roads leading to the highway and the public was advised to avoid traveling in the area as police, gendarme and coast guard mounted rescue efforts.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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