World Bulletin / News Desk
The General Directorate of Meteorology has predicted a cold front will hit the country, carrying with it heavy rain and snow for many provinces across the country.
Temperatures across the country are expected to drop 3 to 6 degrees Celsius at the start of the weekend. Meteorologists expect heavy rainfall in many districts of İstanbul, and sleet turning into snow in the evening in the provinces of Tekirdağ and Edirne.
Residents of these areas are advised to take additional precautions when driving, such as the use of snow tires or chains to prevent possible accidents caused by inclement weather.
Snowfall is also predicted for Central Anatolia and the Black Sea region.
Strong winds of 30-50 kilometers per hour out of the southeast, known as the lodos, are expected in the southern parts in the Mediterranean region. Officials warn citizens to take the necessary precautions against carbon monoxide poisoning that could be caused by a buildup of smoke indoors should the strength of the wind block the smoke from exiting chimneys.
Meanwhile, flooding on Thursday in the southern province of Antalya inundated many houses and workplaces, and a 3-year-old girl was reported missing. The Reyhaniye family was separated as the floodwaters swept through the city. All members were rescued but young Emine Iramak Reyhaniye. The National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE), police and residents of the city have mobilized to find the child.
In another incident, a hiker who has been missing since an avalanche occurred in İzmir's Ödemiş district on Wednesday has still not been found.
A group of four hikers were trapped in the snow after being caught in the avalanche. While three were able to dig themselves out, one is still missing. A rescue operation with air support has been under way to find the missing hiker, but continuous snowfall has made the task a difficult one; another 20 centimeters of snow has fallen in the area since Wednesday.
Speaking to the press, İzmir Civil Protection, Search and Rescue Force head Atilla Altınbulak said a rescue team of 52 men has been searching a 700-meter-square area in seven-meter-deep snow.Last Mod: 15 Şubat 2013, 17:58