The Turkish spirit
By Daniela Blot on 6 August 2017
News Fire fighters of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality rescued people who trapped in their house due to flood with boats on July 27. On July 27, the rains came. The skies literally opened and Istanbul was subjected to rain, wind and hail; the likes of which hadn’t seen in recent memory. Within 20 minutes, 30 to 40 centimeters of rainfall were recorded. The rain was accompanied by walnut-size hail and according to photos shared on social media, some of the hail was as big as the size of an egg – so large it could barely fit in the palm of one’s hand. Thousands of cars were damaged by the hail, which broke windshields and caused major damage to vehicles damaged by the stones of ice. Fires broke out on both sides of the Bosporus, including one at the Haydarpaşa docks and another in a depot in Kağıthane.
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