At least five people have died in floods caused by torrential rains in northwestern Turkey, authorities said on Wednesday. Two of them lost their lives on Tuesday evening in Istanbul, the country’s largest city, where streets were turned into torrents.
Twelve people were injured, according to a report released by the governor’s office.
Turkish emergency services also deplored three dead and three missing in the province of Kirklareli, in the northwest of the country.
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A flooded metro station
The overnight storm partially flooded a metro station in Istanbul and forced the evacuation of dozens of people from a municipal library, according to news reports.
Footage broadcast on TV and social media showed streams sweeping past cars and market stalls.
The rains follow a particularly dry summer which saw water reservoirs in this city of 16 million people fall to their lowest level in nine years.
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