Heavy snowfall paralyzed Istanbul

Heavy snowfall paralyzed daily life in Istanbul, yesterday as the country’s biggest city experienced its coldest day in the last 33 years.

The state offices in Istanbul were shut down at 3 p.m., while the Trans European Motorway (TEM) was partly closed down due to extreme snowfall on the highway and ensuing traffic accidents. Sea transportation was also disrupted as many ferry trips were canceled.

A total of 71 traffic accidents occurred in Istanbul yesterday reported Turkish Daily News, killing one person and injuring 22 others. Istanbul’s Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) announced it increased its alert status to “red,” the highest alert level.

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Author: istanbul

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