Turkey's Marmara region swamped by heavy rainfall

Turkey's struggle with drought in some regions and floods in others continued as heavy rainfall in the country's Marmara region caused flooding in many cities yesterday.

Turkey's Marmara region swamped by heavy rainfall
Turkey's struggle with drought in some regions and floods in others continued as heavy rainfall in the country's Marmara region caused flooding in many cities yesterday.

Dozens of houses and workplaces were flooded, vehicles were damaged as they were dragged away by the floodwaters and traffic flow was paralyzed. The heavy rainfall in the Marmara region, forecast by the Meteorology Bureau days before, started violently around noon in the region's Kocaeli province yesterday. Many vehicles became stuck on the region's roads and a total of 78 houses and workplaces were flooded, according to initial reports. A mother and her three children, stranded in the basement of an apartment, were rescued by emergency teams.

Civil defense teams and municipal workers are working to empty rain waters from roads and lower floors of the buildings. Officials from the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality said they would start to determine the scope of the damage once the floodwaters have subsided. Meanwhile officials from the Kocaeli Meteorology Office said seven centimeters of rainwater fell in the city, noting that the rainfall was likely to continue.

In İstanbul, which like much of central and western Turkey has been suffering from a drought over the last few months, some houses and workplaces -- particularly on the Anatolian side -- were flooded. The İstanbul Fire Brigade immediately started work in places severely affected by rain waters. Meteorology officials noted that further rainfall was to be expected all around İstanbul in the coming hours and warned citizens of the likelihood of further flooding.

In another city in the region in Sakarya, officials said 16 centimeters of rain fell between 5 a.m. and noon yesterday, warning that they were expecting heavier rainfall, particularly in the northern parts of the city in the evening hours. Flooding incidents were reported in Sakarya as well and municipal workers immediately intervened to clear the water from the places affected.

Since the beginning of summer, Turkey has been suffering from heavy drought, which experts largely relate to global climate change. However, heavy rainfall has recently hit some cities in the Southeast, such as Van, Bingöl, Samsun and Erzurum over the past five days, claiming the lives of three people and also causing substantial material losses.


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