At least four killed and dozens injured as high winds hit Istanbul

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Four people have been killed and at least 19 injured in strong winds in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.

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Winds of up to 130 km (81 mph) were felt, with extreme conditions expected in nearby provinces such as the western coastal city of Izmir, according to the country’s Directorate General of Meteorology.

“Due to adverse weather conditions in Istanbul due to south-westerly winds effective since morning, four people have lost their lives, of whom one was a foreign national and three were our nationals; 19 of our civilians were injured, of whom three are in critical condition,” the city governor’s office said in a statement.

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According to footage, winds have toppled parts of buildings, including concrete slabs from roofs and walls, with pedestrians being seen narrowly escaped from the flying debris.

Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines reported a disruption in its flight schedule, while the Bosphorus has been closed to traffic from both directions.

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Footage from Izmir also showed sea level rise, high waves crashing on the shores of the Aegean city, while streets were flooded with water.

The private DHA news agency reported that strong winds forced authorities to cancel ferry services between the coastal resorts of Bodrum and Datka.

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