Turkey's northwest hit by heaviest rain in 42 years
AA photoDaily life came to a halt in parts of Istanbul as Turkey's Marmara region was hit by heavy rainfall early this morning.
The amount of rain that fell in Uzunköprü district in Edirne province in the northwest broke a 42-year-record for most rain received at this time of year.
Uzunköprü received 13.6 centimeters of rain in the last 24 hours, which went into records as the third highest amount of rain to fall in the Marmara region and the highest for this time of year. The only higher amounts were 18.1 centimeters in 1981 and 14.0 centimeters in 1997 – although both of those deluges were in fall.
Istanbul's Bağcılar and Bahçelievler districts were severely affected by the heavy rain, leading to the flooding of numerous households. A vehicle that became stranded after driving into a flooded underpass was pulled out by firefighters in Bahçelieveler.