Torrential rains fall on the Turkish city, flooding public buildings such as the hospital and the national library. The authorities are calling on residents to remain very careful.
Istanbul under water. While heavy rainfall affects a large part of Greece, it is the turn of Turkey, and in particular the city of Istanbul, to be confronted this Tuesday evening with these intense and violent phenomena.
In numerous videos relayed by Turkish media on social networks, districts of the city with more than 15 million inhabitants are completely submerged by torrents of rain, causing uncontrollable floods.
Flooded hospital and library
The authorities were quick to warn their fellow citizens of the dangerous nature of the precipitation. Davut Gul, the governor of Istanbul, asked residents not to leave their homes by car or public transport: “it is raining heavily in different districts of Istanbul, notably in Arnavutköy and Başakşehir.”
“We ask our fellow citizens to be careful,” warned Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu on his X account, formerly Twitter.
According to the media 23 Derece, the hospital in Başakşehir, a district in the north of the city, was also flooded. A few dozen meters further north, the national library found itself under water. In a video posted by the specialist account Hawaeather, some residents found themselves stuck there with water up to their waists.
For the moment, no provisional assessment, whether material or human, has been communicated by the state services, even if the mayor of Istanbul spoke of 70 millimeters of water per square meter in one hour in Arnavutköy, an extremely high level of precipitation.
Source: BFM TV