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Heavy snow buries homes, isolates hundreds of villages in eastern Turkey

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Heavy snowfall falling over eastern Turkey over the past 7 days isolated hundreds of villages and in some areas completely buried single-story homes. One of the worst affected areas is the district of Ovacık, one of the regions that receive the most snowfall in Turkey.

In the city of Ovacik, Tunceli Province, over 1 m (3.3 feet) of snow accumulated over the past few days while more than 2 m (6.5 feet) fell in the countryside.

In some villages, the single-story houses were buried in snow, Özgür Dersim Gazetesi reports.1

"In the villages of the district, where harsh winter conditions prevail, single-story houses were completely buried in the snow and many streets and alleys resembled snow tunnels."

"The thickness of snow reached the roofs of some houses in Kandolar Mahallesi and rural villages at the entrance of the district."

"Some villages here can have 3 m (9.8 feet) of snow," said Aziz Kapar, the headman of Kızık village, where 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow has fallen so far.

"In our village, 30 households, snowfall starts at the beginning of December and stays on the ground until May. We have a very difficult winter."

Some 2 800 people were stranded on a major highway connecting Turkey's southern provinces after rare heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the province of Gaziantep late Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19.2

Heavy snow and blizzard conditions also affected other parts of the country, closing schools in 52 of Turkey's 82 provinces and isolating remote towns and villages.

References:

1 2 metre karda zorlu yaşam mücadelesi: Evler kara gömüldü – Özgür Dersim Gazetesi

2 Rare blizzard traps thousands of vehicles on a major highway in southern Turkey – The Watchers

Featured image credit: Dersim Gazetesi

Some 2 800 people were stranded on a major highway connecting Turkey's southern provinces after rare heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the country's southern province of Gaziantep late Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions also affected other parts of the country, closing schools in 52 of Turkey's 82 provinces and isolating remote towns and villages.

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