Turkey braces for more snow

Turkey braces for more snow

ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
Turkey braces for more snow

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Heavy snowfall and blizzards continue to paralyze daily life in Turkey, especially in eastern provinces, as meteorology officials have warned that the current climactic conditions in the country will continue to progressively worsen until the weekend. 

Access to 1,333 villages in eastern Turkey has been completely severed due to rough weather conditions and heavy snowfall that began at night, while 15 teachers were stranded in a minibus for an hour in the district of Korkut in the eastern province of Muş, according to reports. 

Schools have also been canceled for three days in Muş’s Varto district; students will not resume their classes until Feb. 13. 

Snowfall that began at midnight yesterday has also been continuing in Istanbul, while Turkish Airlines has canceled 62 domestic and international flights, mainly due to snowfall and icing in other airports. Many flights, particularly those going to Ankara, İzmir and Antalya, have also been merged and delayed, according to reports. 

Floods in Thrace caused by a partial collapse of the Ivanovna Dam in Bulgaria in the wake of torrential rains continued wreaking havoc in both Bulgaria and the northwestern province of Edirne yesterday. 
“The volume of the incoming waters is at its highest level at the moment. All sorts of measures have been taken,” Edirne Gov. Gökhan Sözer said yesterday.