Freak Storm Causes Destruction in Istanbul

Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017

Freak StormA freak storm caused destruction in Istanbul and shocking photos showed the damage to a passenger jet which was pummelled with hail stones and big as golf balls.

Media channels said part of a stone wall surrounding a cemetery for the Christian Armenian community had been demolished in Thursday’s storm, hurting two people.


Footage showed rescue crews and residents helping each other to remove the stones, looking for people who may have been trapped beneath the rubble.

At least ten people have been injured as heavy rain, hail and strong winds knocked down trees and a stone wall and flooded streets in the Turkish city.

The storm lasted just 20 minutes on Thursday evening but was enough to cause significant damage and flooding.

According to officials, 7,000 emergency workers were deployed to help in the aftermath of the storm which uprooted 230 trees, destroyed 90 roofs and sparked fires across the city.
An explosion and a fire were caused when strong winds toppled a large crane that landed on oil barrels at a port.

At least one person was injured in the fire.

Vehicles were stranded by flash floods during rush hour and roads were swamped by deep water.

Photographs show how hailstones cracked car windows during the evening traffic.


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Sixteen planes which had been heading to the city’s Ataturk airport were routed to other destinations.

Pictures show how a bus was submerged in the water, and passengers had to disembark and swim to safety.

The city has suffered extreme weather recently.

Just nine days ago, Istanbul was pounded by heavy rains and winds of up to 50mph, which flooded streets and metro stations.

However, despite the storm’s severity, there were no casualties.

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