Unusually heavy rainfall hit Ankara, Turkey over the weekend, causing destructive floods that claimed the lives of at least 4 people. Another person was killed in the central province of Karaman.
The floods, which swept away trees and inundated buildings in several districts, were Ankara’s deadliest in recent memory, according to Daily Sabah.1
The worst-hit part of the capital was Akyurt, a district in the city’s northeast, with a population of about 34 000 people. Extensive damage was also reported in neighborhoods near Esenboğa Airport, the city’s main aviation hub, with floodwaters submerging fields and gardens.
Ankara municipality officials said they responded to 6 670 incidents during the downpours and strong winds, which emerged earlier last week and continued into the weekend, from collapsed walls to people stranded in their vehicles or residences.
Schools were closed in Ankara and the central town of Gemerek.
In just 30 minutes, the district of Çankaya registered 28 mm (1.1 inches) of rain, nearly its entire June rainfall average.
In 2021, around 100 people died in violent weather events in Turkey, including flash floods, wildfires and droughts.
The latest data by the Turkish State Meteorological Services (TSMS) show precipitation in May across Turkey increased by more than 100% compared to May 2021.2
1 Turkish capital Ankara struggles to recover after deadly floods – Daily Sabah – June 13, 2022
2 Turkey’s May precipitation increases by more than 100% – Daily Sabah – June 14, 2022
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