Rains and floods hit Ankara as expert warns of further downpours

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ISTANBUL

Heavy rains in Ankara, the Turkish capital, on June 11 caused flooding that killed one person, authorities said.

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Search and rescue teams found the body of 27-year-old İlkay Yiğit, who worked as a bus driver, according to local media
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Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman İsmail Çataklı said earlier that authorities had been informed that one person had gone missing in the storm. There were 44 search and rescue personnel as well as firefighters from Ankara dispatched to the area. The man’s body was found near a river bed among tree branches.

‘Yellow alert’ issued for 37 provinces

According to local media, Yiğit was also deputy director of the youth wing of the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Mamak district.

Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş tweeted that 35 people had been rescued. It reported flooding in 300 locations, 35 fallen trees and the collapse of 23 roofs and three utility poles. More than 3,000 employees continued their work in the affected areas.

The risk of further flooding has not passed for the capital and some other cities as the National Weather Service announced a “yellow alert” for some 37 out of 81 provinces.

The 37 provinces are located in the north, northwest and center of the country. A “yellow alert” is issued when there is a “potential threat from a weather event”.

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“Temperatures will be 3 to 6 degrees Celsius lower than normal for the season,” the service said, adding, “All regions except the southeastern provinces may experience heavy rainfall, rains, showers and thunderstorms”.

Prominent Turkish meteorologist Orhan Şen warned Ankara residents for the coming week. “Temperatures have dropped by 5 degrees Celsius in the capital. There could be a new wave of precipitation on June 13 [today] and 14 [tomorrow],” he noted.

According to the expert, with the start of the new week, Istanbul will “welcome sunny weather” with only a chance of rain today and June 15.

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