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Blizzard buries village in southeast Turkey under 6 m (20 feet) of snow, leaves dozens more isolated


A powerful blizzard has buried a village in southeastern Turkey under about 6 m (20 feet) of snow, while 70 other villages were left isolated. Residents of the city of Yuksekova had been left without power and water on February 21, 2020, as they also struggle to dig their way out.

"To be honest, we don't know which one is our home [at first sight] as all houses remained under the snow," said one local in an interview with NTV Houston. "We have almost forgotten the way to our home." 

"We are miserable. There is no road, no power. We have [a] water outage," the man added.

Many residents of Yuksekova were without electricity and water supply after a massive blizzard engulfed the village. It is now one of the 70 isolated towns covered in a white blanket of snow.

Furthermore, schools had been closed for three days. People braved the cold to clear key roads using snowplows.

According to the Demiroren news agency (DHA), heavy snowfall has caused disruptions in the provinces of Van, Agri, and Bitlis. 

"The storm literally buried houses. You can barely see the top of this roof," said The Weather Channel meteorologist Heather Tesch as she takes a look at the town. "There's actually a house under here somewhere."

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In early February, severe cold snap and heavy snow struck parts of the country, sparking deadly avalanches and causing dangerous conditions.

Ardahan province also shivered through a record-breaking temperature of -40 °C (-40 °F), beating the previous coldest temperature in the province at -39.8 °C (-39.6 °F) set in 1972.

Featured image credit: NTV Houston/YouTube


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