Rare Heavy Snow Blankets Istanbul Area

Istanbul residents struggled to cope with the city’s most significant snowstorm in years on January 25, as snowfall that began on Monday crippled transportation in the region.

Istanbul’s governor, Ali Yerlikaya, banned private vehicles from the road and ordered administrative leave for most workers due to the conditions.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Authority (AFAD) said more than 15,000 people displaced by the storms across 19 provinces were being sheltered in guesthouses or other facilities. More than 74,000 personnel and 24,000 vehicles from various agencies were working to clear snow-covered roads and distribute aid to people affected, AFAD said.

This video, recorded by Twitter user @Dikineoynaa, who said it was taken in Istanbul on Tuesday, shows accumulated snow on the ground and atop cars. Credit: @Dikineoynaa via Storyful

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