Flash flood hits Turkish resort of Bodrum

Flash flood hits Turkish resort of Bodrum

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Eight people are reported to have been injured and dozens of cars were swept away as floods poured through the streets of Bodrum.

Heavy rain on Tuesday night hit the Turkish resort just ahead of the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday yesterday (Thursday).

About 20 vehicles were swept away in the three-hour flash flood on Cevat Şakir Avenue, one of Bodrum’s main thoroughfares, and the nearby Dere Street.

Almost nine inches of rain fell in 24 hours. The deluge left around 40 residents trapped in their houses and streets became unpassable, according to local reports. 

As the clean-up of Bodrum was underway, the Turkish State Meteorological Service issued an emergency warning for the western Mediterranean region.

Heavy thunderstorms were expected in Antalya and the southwestern province of Muğla, where the resort towns of Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye are located.


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