Six dead as tornadoes batter Turkey

This article is over 1 year old Severe storm hits Atma and Antalya with hail storms and broken glass injuring dozens more An extreme windstorm has killed six people and injured 52 in Turkey,…

Six dead as tornadoes batter Turkey

This article is over 1 year old

Severe storm hits Atma and Antalya with hail storms and broken glass injuring dozens more

An extreme windstorm has killed six people and injured 52 in Turkey, hurling buildings to the ground and sending a shopping mall into the sea.

The storms struck the west coast and foothills of the Aegean Mountains on Monday, with hail damaging buildings and sending shoppers fleeing.

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TV footage showed a shopping mall in Antalya’s Melis Dalmatia district tilting towards the sea as it crashed through the railing. Another area, Alumli in the south-east, also suffered serious damage.

Four people were killed by falling trees, with the others killed by hail, the local governor’s office said. Two more were killed in car accidents and 58 injured.

Weather officials said the strongest winds reached more than 100km/h (60mph) in the three worst-hit regions.

Local media said emergency teams arrived on the scene but that at least one storm shelter had been destroyed, creating a “blizzard of debris”.

The storm damaged buildings and sent them into the sea in Atma, Van and Antalya. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

A local restaurant worker was killed when he was crushed by a falling wall in the city of Antalya. Rescuers used cranes to try to rescue a man found dead in a second-floor apartment.

Atam, the neighbouring resort to Antalya, was also badly hit.

Damaging hail smashed windows and damaged cars at a car showroom in Atam’s east.

Temperatures had hit about 43C (109F) when the storm struck, raising fears of flash floods, but most of the rain had already passed through the region.

A girl was killed by a falling tree while on a camping trip in Atam, the Anadolu news agency reported.

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Turkey has been hit in recent years by an unusually high number of storms with the most severe in 2015 and 2016. The weather service says it has issued warnings for two more storms this week.

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