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Flooding causes traffic chaos in Istanbul (VIDEO) — Analysis

Heavy rains submerged the subway stations, disrupting transport in Istanbul.

Huge rains fell on Istanbul, Turkey, Monday. It caused traffic disruptions all across the city and required the closing of the subway stations. 

In Cekmekoy we experienced between 90 and 100 kgs of precipitation/square meter, while around Sariyer–Maslaki it was 80 kgs/square meter.,” Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu told reporters during a press conference.

Grand Bazaar in Beykoz, which is a famous tourist attraction of over 550 years, was overwhelmed and its roof collapsed. 

Social media videos show water running through Grand Bazaar, while stunned shoppers seek refuge in storefronts.

Another clip depicts cars floating in muddy water.

According to local media, roads in Besiktas and Cekmekoy were also damaged by flooding. A subway station located in the Levet district of Besiktas was reported as being underwater. According to local media, tram services were limited in the chaos.

Beylikduzu, Esenyurt and Avcilar in the west were reported to have been severely affected. On the east, roads were closed in Maltepe, Sile and Sile. According to local media, the freak weather also affected Yalova-Bursa provinces.

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Workers’ organization UMUT-SEN union called for a paid holiday for motorbike couriers, citing the dangerous conditions, while customers were urged to hold off on large orders until conditions returned to normal. The mayor reported that nearly 6,000 workers and 2,315 vehicles were deployed to restore order. 

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