Heavy snowfall and cold have paralyzed life in Istanbul, Sözcü newspaper reported Wednesday, Feb. 17.
According to the daily reports, the snow is as much as 30 cm thick on tops of hills and freezing temperatures have lingered in the city. In recent days, more than 500 trees and electric poles have fallen under the weight of snow in Istanbul, the roofs of 106 houses have collapsed. Also, 218 cars were damaged.
Local residents are noted to be unharmed.
Because of the snowfall, the city’s country roads were almost completely blocked.
“Istanbul municipal authorities deployed 1,351 vehicles and 7,031 workers to deal with the disaster. Road services used 5,252 tons of salt and 7 tons of special liquids to treat the road surface against icing,” the publication said.
According to meteorologists, Istanbul will get warmer on Thursday with almost 20 degrees Celsius and heavy downpours instead of snow.
On February 15, it was reported that the snowfall struck Istanbul and led to the closure of all educational institutions of the Turkish metropolis.