Turkey – Deadly Flash Floods in Istanbul

At least one people was killed and eight others injured after severe weather in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 June 2020.

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in the city, inundating streets and causing traffic problems. Flooding was reported in several districts, in particular Çatalca and Esenyurt.

One fatality was reported as a result of floods in Esenyurt district, where several people had to evacuate their homes. Images on local media showed around 10 people on the roof of a bus in Esenyurt, taking refuge from the floods. Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya visited the district of Esenyurt on 23 June and met with the residents of the district.

Strong winds also damaged roofs of buildings and brought down trees and power lines, interrupting power supply in some areas. A rare tornado was seen in the western Büyükçekmece district.

Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology (Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü – MGM) issued weather warnings on 22 June.

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