May 05 2018

Torrential rain leads to flooding in Ankara

Flash torrents of rain have led to streets in the east of Turkey’s capital flooding with water, pro-government newspaper Sabah said.

Six people have so far been wounded in the flooding in Mamak, Ankara, and dozens of cars have been damaged while being pushed down the road by the force of the waters.

“Up to the present day, we have never had such an emergency,” Mayor Mustafa Tuna told pro-government broadcaster A Haber.

“We are living a once-in-500-year emergency. Our municipality teams are continuing to work in coordination with the local governorate to return our citizens to their normal lives.”

The area has traditionally suffered from flooding but has not seen serious floods since the 1990s.