Turkey, flooding in İzmir

Floods in western Turkey, record temperatures in the east

While western Turkey suffer flooding from the rains, in the east the maximum temperatures reach record levels.

The long-awaited rains that needs Turkey – which is going through the worst drought in at least a decade – came on Tuesday in the form of torrential rains that caused significant flooding in the country’s western provinces, especially in the city of İzmir; on the contrary, in the eastern provinces the thermometers are marking maximum temperatures never seen at this time of year.

The rains that began to make an appearance on Monday in western Turkey increased in intensity on Tuesday, producing strong storms and intense rainfall that caused flooding in cities such as İzmir, the third most populated in the country and where houses, shops and low were left flooded by water.

Many drivers, especially motorcyclists (whose number has increased during the pandemic due to the increase in demand for home deliveries), had serious difficulties to circulate with water, reaching 40-50 centimetres in height in some areas. In the Buca district on the outskirts of the city, a 66-year-old woman had to be rescued from under a truck after water washed her down the street.

According to meteorologists, the city center and especially the neighbourhoods near the bay were the most affected and received up to 77.9 litres per square metre of rain, which fell mainly in an interval of 6 hours, avoding the land and the sewers in the city to have time to absorb the water, thus causing flooding. The rains are expected to continue tomorrow, albeit more moderately.

Record high temperatures in eastern Turkey… and snow in Ankara

Also in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, the rainfall was intense accompanied by winds of up to 85 kilometres per hour, causing waves of 5 meters on the famous Konyaaltı beach and uprooting several trees and roofs of houses in the area. Several stores and low floors were also flooded.

While western Turkey suffers significant flooding, in several central and eastern provinces of the country thermometers show unusual temperatures for this time of year. Sivas has recorded 18 degrees, a record not seen since 1930, while in southeastern provinces like Hakkari, accustomed to temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero, thermometers hover around 10 degrees. On the contrary, in the Turkish capital, Ankara, the snow has returned today.