At least four people were killed and a further 19 injured – some seriously – after severe weather struck the Turkish city of Istanbul on Monday, local authorities have announced.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, one foreign national and three Turkish citizens have died, while three of the 19 injured remain in serious condition.
Seems all the newly built verandas, balcony window structures cannot resist the extreme whirlwind of #lodos in #Istanbul
The governors office issued a warning last night and this morning but nothing prepared the city for this type of #windstorm#Fırtına pic.twitter.com/uPEESW0MNs
— Güldenay Sonumut (@Guldenay007) November 29, 2021
“We are praying for God’s mercy for those who have lost their lives, sending condolences to their relatives, and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured,” reads the statement.
Wind speeds of more than 120 km per hour in Istanbul took down two lorries on a highway. The storm, which hits western parts of Turkey, has left at least four people dead and 19 injured pic.twitter.com/n3kjTzno2q @trtworld
— Turkish Post (@TurkishPost) November 29, 2021
Istanbul has been battling severe weather since the early hours of Monday, with social media filled with terrifying videos of wind-shorn roofs, wrecked buildings, fallen trees, overturned cars, and flying debris.
— HaberlerBizde (@HaberlerBizde4) November 29, 2021
The Bosphorus strait has been closed to maritime traffic and ferry services have been suspended.
— Jibran Abbasi (@_emptybrain13) November 29, 2021
The storm has also prompted the cancelation of several Istanbul-bound flights.
Jako nevrijeme danas pogodilo je Tursku. Nažalost, za sada je poginulo 3 osobe a 9 je povrijeđeno.
Na snimku vidimo kako jak vjetar ruši ovu veliku sahat kulu u Istanbulu.
— Republika Turska (@RepublikaTurska) November 29, 2021
Reports of damage have also come in from other regions of the country, with storm warnings remaining in place for Tuesday.