Storm Kills Four People, Injured Dozens More In Turkey

At least four people died and 38 others received injuries on Monday after heavy storms hit Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey and its neighboring regions.

The powerful winds uprooted trees, ripped off rooftops, and even toppled a clock tower.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that the victims included a woman who died in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district while her child survived with injuries.

The Istanbul governor’s office said three other people were killed in the city, including a foreign national.

As of 8.30 pm (1730GMT), 1,517 calls were made to the 112 Emergency Call Center in Istanbul due to a fierce storm, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

State weather officials said the wind blew as fast as 129 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) in the district of Beylikduzu, which also was pummeled by a short mud rain during the storm.

The AFAD added that a total of 116 incidents including the uprooting of trees and blowing off of roofs occurred in Bursa, Bolu, Tekirdag, and Yalova provinces.

Classes were suspended for one day in the Duzce and Sinop along with Bursa Technical, Balıkesir, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart and Yalova universities due to the heavy storm. 

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