Turkey: Disruptions due to ongoing flooding in several regions since June 8


Event

Flooding disruption was reported in several areas of Turley through June 8 and further adverse weather conditions are expected across much of the country. Heavy rains triggered flooding in parts of the capital Ankara on June 7, leading to the rescue of dozens of people from a flooded building and at least 11 injured. Several roads in the city were inundated by floodwaters, causing severe traffic disruptions in the capital. Floods were also reported in other parts of Ankara province on June 7, including Bala district, as well as Cerkes district in Sivas province. Previous heavy rainfall on June 3 and 4 caused flooding and landslides in Burdur, Cendik and Golhisar district in Burdur province. The bad weather left one dead, three injured and damaged around thirty houses. Floods also affected parts of Cal, Civril and Tavas districts in Denizli province on June 3.

Further heavy rains and thunderstorms are forecast for parts of central, northern, northeast and southern Turkey through June 8, before conditions begin to improve. Storms can be accompanied by high winds, hail and possibly tornadoes. Heavy downpours could trigger flooding, landslides and associated disturbances, especially in areas where the ground is already saturated from previous rainfall. Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology issued yellow thunderstorm warnings (the lowest level on a three-tier scale) for the following provinces on June 8: Adana, Aksaray, Amasya, Ankara, Antalya, Ardahan, Artvin , Bayburt, Bolu, Burdur, Cankiri, Corum, Giresun, Gumushane, Isparta, Mersin, Karabuk, Kars, Kastamonu, Kahramanmaras, Karaman, Kayseri, Kirikkale, Kirsehir, Konya, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Samsun, Sinop , Sivas, Tokat, Trabzon and Yozgat.

Dangerous conditions
Sustained heavy rains could trigger flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily submerged stormwater drainage systems. Sites located downstream of large reservoirs or rivers may be subject to flash flooding after relatively short periods of intense rainfall. Landslides are possible in hilly or mountainous areas, especially where the ground has become saturated from heavy rainfall.

Authorities could issue mandatory evacuation orders for flood-prone communities in the coming days. Disruptions to electrical and telecommunications services are possible when major floods or landslides affect utility networks.

Transportation
Floodwaters and debris flows can render some bridges, rail networks or roads impassable, impacting overland travel in and around affected areas. Puddling of road surfaces could lead to hazardous driving conditions on regional highways. Authorities may temporarily close some lower roads that are inundated by floodwaters.

Bad weather could also lead to flight delays and cancellations at airports in affected regions. Authorities can temporarily suspend port operations or close waterfronts along the Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts if strong winds trigger dangerous sea conditions. Floods could block regional rail lines; freight and passenger train delays and cancellations are likely in areas that experience heavy rain and possible track flooding.

Localized business interruptions may occur in low areas; some businesses may not be operating at full capacity due to facility damage from flooding, possible evacuations and the inability of some employees to get to job sites.

Tips

Monitor local media for weather updates and related advisories. Confirm all transportation reservations and business meetings before travel. Consider localized travel delays and potential supply chain disruptions where flooding has been forecast. Do not drive on flooded roads. Charge battery-powered devices during extended power outages.

Resources

General Directorate of Meteorology of Turkey

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