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HV 0013 Istanbul Flood Agust 2019

Extremely heavy rain hit Istanbul and other cities in NW Turkey on August 17, 2019, causing severe flooding in which one person lost its life.

Streets and basements were flooded, drivers stranded and public transport disrupted after heavy rain hit Turkish city of Istanbul (population 15 million) on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

The rain started falling early in the day and increased around noon.

As much as 113 mm (4.44 inches) of rain fell on parts of the region in only 90 minutes. On average, Istanbul receives 24 mm (0.94 inches) of rain in July, 32 mm (1.25 inches) in August, 46 mm (1.81 inches) in September, 73 mm (2.87 inches) in October, 91 mm (3.58 inches) in November and 124 mm (4.88 inches) in December. June, July and August are usually the city’s driest months

Flash floods were reported in lower parts and seafront areas of the city including major transport hubs such as Eminönü, Beşiktaş, Üsküdar, Karaköy, Kadıköy, and Kabataş,

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