Strong wind storms pound Istanbul. 4 dead, some scratches


Istanbul — A powerful storm struck Istanbul and other parts of Turkey on Monday, killing at least four people and causing havoc in a city of 15 million people, the report said.

Victims included a woman who died in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, where a strong gust tore part of the roof, which landed on her and her children, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The child was injured and survived.

The Istanbul Governor’s Office said three other people, including foreigners, were killed in the city. Nineteen people were injured, including three who were seriously injured.

A gust of wind also knocked down the clock tower, TV images showed. According to the municipality of Istanbul, the wind blew 33 roofs, uprooted 192 trees, destroyed 52 traffic lights and road signs, and damaged 12 cars.

The Bosphorus Strait, a narrow waterway that divides the city into two, was cut off from sea traffic and ferry services were suspended.

Storm day in Istanbul, Turkey
It rained heavily on a stormy day in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 29, 2021. (AP photo)

At least six Turkish Airlines flights scheduled to land in Istanbul have been diverted to the cities of Ankara and Izmir, an airline spokesman said.

Strong winds forced authorities to cancel the ferry service between Bodrum and Dhaka’s coastal resorts, a private DHA news agency reported.

Associated Press