Turkey mulls declaring Istanbul region 'disaster area'

The mayor of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, said that it was the heaviest rain in Istanbul in 80 years.

Turkey mulls declaring Istanbul region 'disaster area'

The mayor of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, said that it was the heaviest rain in Istanbul in 80 years.

Kadir Topbas said at a news conference, "23 people lost their lives after flood waters triggered by two days of torrential rains swept Istanbul. We hope that death toll would not rise further."

"It was the heaviest rain in Istanbul in 80 years. Such natural disasters leave human beings totaly desperate. These are the problems stemming from climate changes in the world. We need to use natural resources more carefully. On the other hand, Istanbul's topography is already known. All local administrations have responsibility to this end," he said.

Asked whether the region would be declared a natural disaster area, Topbas said that the prime minister and the relevant minister would make that decision.


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