Turkey halts Istanbul Airport flights due to snow

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ISTANBUL, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Authorities halted all flights at Istanbul Airport for one hour on Monday due to heavy snowfall in the city, state broadcaster TRT Haber, while many other parts of Turkey experienced transportation difficulties due to the bad weather.

Many parts of Turkey have been hit with heavy snowfall since the weekend, prompting authorities to shut schools in some parts of the country. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Authority (AFAD) has said thousands were stranded due to the adverse weather.

In a statement, AFAD said 4,603 people were stranded across the country and that emergency teams had delivered thousands of containers of food and drinks to them, adding 6,750 people were taken to dormitories in seven provinces nationwide.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB)’s Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) announced that the snowfalls that started on 21 January are expected to continue even into the following week. 

Photo – People walk in front of the Blue Mosque during a snowy day in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 January 2022. EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

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