2 injured in wall collapse as heavy rain hits Istanbul

2 injured in wall collapse as heavy rain hits Istanbul

2 injured in wall collapse as heavy rain hits Istanbul

The storm, which lasted only 20 minutes, paralyzed traffic and caused flash floods, flooded cars and buses.

City hall said more than 7,000 people had been mobilised to deal with the aftermath of the storm.

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At least three people were injured Thursday after a severe summer storm hit Istanbul, Turkey, with heavy rain and hail, taking down a stone wall and tree, and flooding the city's streets.

Around 230 trees were uprooted, almost 90 roofs collapsed and a number of fires broke out but were quickly extinguished, it said in a statement. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the city of Canakkale, about 170 miles from Istanbul. Hail stones the size of golf balls damaged some windows and vehicle windshields.

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A large crane overturned at the Haydarpaşa Port, starting an explosion and a subsequent fire that was later brought under control.

Flights at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport were canceled and metro services were suspended, officials said. The downpour left some cars and buses submerged or stranded.

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It was the second time in less than two weeks that heavy rains flooded streets and disrupted transport in Istanbul.

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