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Tornado in Turkish Mediterranean kills 2, injures 11

20-year-old student missing after storm drags vehicle into stream, says governor of Antalya province

Sibel Uğurlu   | 24.01.2019
Tornado in Turkish Mediterranean kills 2, injures 11

By Murat Egilmez, Suleyman Elcin, Gulsem Adam and Mehmet Cakmak

ANTALYA, Turkey

At least two people were killed and 11 injured when a powerful tornado hit Turkey's Mediterranean province of Antalya, according to the provincial governor.

"Eleven were injured, including one critically. A university student went missing in Kuzderesi in the Kemer district," Munir Karaloglu told Anadolu Agency.

Karaloglu said the female student was said to have been in the car with her mother when the storm dragged the car into a stream.

"Her mother survived, but the 20-year-old is still missing," Karaloglu said, adding that search and rescue efforts are working to find her.

Bayram Demir, 40, a municipality employee, was critically injured and later lost his life in hospital.

Demir, who was married and had one child, was reportedly struck by debris hurled around during the tornado.

The powerful storm started Wednesday night, hitting Antalya's Kumluca, Kemer and Finike districts and damaging buildings, agricultural areas, and vehicles.

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