Turkey – Flash Floods in Izmir

Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in western Turkey from 12 January 2021.

Media reported that a short period of torrential rain caused flash flooding in parts of Izmir Province, in particular the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir where streets, houses and shops were inundated, while vehicles were dragged by flood waters. Locals rescued a person from fast-flowing floodwaters in Buca district.

Turkey’s Directorate of Meteorology (Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü – MGM) reported that 78mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 13 January in Konak, 69.3mm in Bornova and 62mm in Buca.

Rough seas, strong winds and heavy rain also caused damage in the city of Antalya, Antalya Province, where some flooding was reported in Konyaaltı district. As much as 98.3mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 13 January in Döşemealtı, Antalya.

Parts of Izmir Province are still recovering from the devastating earthquake of October 2020 which killed 117 people and triggered coastal flooding.

Last month 2 people died in Izmir Province after a vehicle was swept away by flash floods in Menderes district.

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