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Heavy rain hit Istanbul on June 2, causing local flooding and creating chaos in the metropolis. Incredible images, like the one showing a minibus "cruising" alongside a Bosphorus ferry, have gone viral on social media. Here are 9 more surreal scenes from Istanbul today:

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The shoreline on the Bosphorus erased in the Üsküdar neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, creating awkward scenes like this. Photo by Hüseyin Öztürk

The shoreline on the Bosphorus erased in the Üsküdar neighborhood on the Asian side of Istanbul, creating awkward scenes like this. Photo by Hüseyin Öztürk

2) Here is how "the shower" over the Üsküdar neighorbood in Istanbul's Asian side was seen from the European side of the city:



3) The border between the sea and the flooded shores could only be distinguished thanks to the color of the cleaner Bosphorus water:



4) A sleepy creek in the Kadıköy neighborhood quickly turned into a wild river and hit a van. Fortunately, the driver survived:




5) Cars also appeared as if they were cruising on the Bosphorus:



6) Many Istanbulites had to remove their shoes while crossing the road, creating yet another surreal image for a city that was touted as European Capital of Culture in 2010:



7) Despite mega projects and the ongoing property boom, Istanbul's infrastructure is tested --and failed, again:



8) A gigantic shopping mall in the Bayrampaşa neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul was inaccessible shortly after it started to rain in the afternoon:




9) Bridges and overpasses turned into artificial waterfalls:



10) Opposition now has more ammunition to criticize the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for its urban management, weeks after its victory in March 30 local elections. Pro-government social media users, however, argued that heavy rain is a blessing now, considering the preceding drought that threatened Istanbul with water cuts this summer:


June/02/2014

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