INTRODUCTION: Torrential rain in western Turkey in recent days has caused widespread flooding in which at least ten people have died.About 1,000 homes have been destroyed, many of them in the city of Izmir.
GV People walking on railway lines out of water.
SV People wading in water up to knees. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Flooded town. (2 SHOTS)
GV People on truck in flooded area. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Torrential rain in western Turkey in recent days has caused widespread flooding in which at least ten people have died.About 1,000 homes have been destroyed, many of them in the city of Izmir.
SYNOPSIS: Road and rail links to the capital, Ankara have been cut off.Thousands of farmland have also been underwater after the flooding, which has affected large parts of the Aegean region of western Turkey.The rain and wind storms which had been battering the Aegean coast for days, caused these floods which poured into Izmir, the main city in the region.
Houses were flooded in ten suburbs of Izmir and buildings were made unstable.It has been estimated that enough rain fell in one dy in Izmir to supply the city with a year's consumption of water.Rescue operations have been mounted and the authorities have struggled to clear the roadways connecting the city with the rest of the country.But Izmir, Turkey's third largest city, is surrounded by river valleys and the floodwaters have proved hard to contain.Izmir is one of the most important historical cities in the west with settlement dating back almost five thousand years.There is a special concern that many historical monuments may suffer permanent damage after the recent flooding.