At least four people were killed and a further 19 injured – some seriously – after severe weather struck the Turkish city of Istanbul on Monday, local authorities have announced.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, one foreign national and three Turkish citizens have died, while three of the 19 injured remain in a serious condition.
“We are praying for God’s mercy for those who have lost their lives, sending condolences to their relatives, and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured,” reads the statement.
Istanbul has suffered severe weather conditions since Monday morning. Social media is filled with frightening videos showing wind-shorn roofs falling on buildings and trees, cars being overturned, flying debris, and other disturbing images.
Ferry services and maritime traffic have been stopped at the Bosphorus Strait.
The severe storm also caused the cancellation of many Istanbul-bound flight.
Jako nevrijeme danas pogodilo je Tursku. Nažalost, za sada je poginulo 3 osobe a 9 je povrijeđeno.Na snimku vidimo kako jak vjetar ruši ovu veliku sahat kulu u Istanbulu.Da Allah Uzvišeni pomogne i sačuva našu braću i sestre u Turskoj. ???????? ????#istanbul#turkiye#wind#stormpic.twitter.com/z7jPtw35dT
— Republika Turska (@RepublikaTurska) November 29, 2021
There are also reports from other parts of the country of severe weather, and storm warnings remain in effect until Tuesday.