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Turkey: Southern Adana pounded by rainfall, floods

Around 250 kg per square meter rainfall hit Adana since Sunday, triggering orange alert, says governor

Ibrahim Erikan   | 25.12.2019
Turkey: Southern Adana pounded by rainfall, floods

ADANA, Turkey

Adana in southern Turkey saw more precipitation in 2018 than in over a half-century, including this week, resulting in damaging flash floods, said the provincial governor on Wednesday.

Mahmut Demirtas said that based on official figures, since Sunday alone four central districts of Adana received around 250 kilograms per square meter (0.356 pounds per square inch, or psi) of precipitation.

"This is the biggest disaster we’ve faced in recent years," Demirtas said, saying that three crisis centers and commissions were put together to take quick decisions during crises.

He said damage to both housing and agriculture from the torrential rains is being assessed.

The province went on orange alert Tuesday as a result of heavy rainfall, he added.

Due to the rainfall, schools in the central districts of Seyhan, Cukurova, Yuregir, and Saricam suspended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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