heavy rainfall has hit the city of Istanbul on Tuesday, flooding
the streets and making public transportation difficult. Officials and
AFP correspondents reported that the sudden heavy rain started
pouring and forced the people to abandon their cars and run for
shelter. Tram lines were also suspended throughout the city.
Uskudar, a district on the Asian side of Istanbul, the rough waters
of the Bosphorus overflowed leaving roads and squares covered.
boats belonging to the city’s shipping authority had to be nailed
down to the port because of rain and strong winds of up to 80
kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour).
municipality along with the governor are taking necessary steps to
tackle the situation. They have also requested the people of the
affected areas not to use their cars until if not extremely
Minister Binali Yildirim said it was a “disaster”, adding: “In
a short period, an unusual amount of rain fell” for the time of
the mayor and the governor are cooperating to deal with the situation
in the best way,” Yildirim said.