A band of windy weather has caused severe damage in parts of eastern Turkey. At least six people have died and 52 others have been injured in overnight storms in the country’s south-east. The wind even broke a windshield on a warplane in the capital, Ankara.
The storm has been blamed for the deaths of a 46-year-old woman and her teenage daughter, a 60-year-old man, and a 59-year-old man, according to Turkish media. The storm also reportedly blew off the roof and a portion of a children’s hospital and damaged some farms. A number of power lines fell in the area, cutting electricity to many parts of eastern Turkey.
The provinces of Hakkari, Adana, Siirt, Tunceli, Batman, and Diyarbakir were most affected by the severe storm. Local authorities were addressing the fallen power lines by using plywood to light them.
CNN Turk said a Turkish Armed Forces air wing, which was flying to Adana, was hit by a storm. Two planes landed safely, while two others had their main doors blown out. One of the planes landed in Istanbul and was also hit by the strong winds, according to the official Hurriyet Daily News.
Warnings were issued for the areas around the north Mediterranean Sea, particularly Marmaris.