20 Killed in Turkish Floods

Downpour leaves 20 injured, more stranded
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 7:11 AM CDT
Passengers of a bus try to cross a flooded highway in Ikitelli, Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
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(Newser) – Flash floods gushed across a major highway and a commercial district in Istanbul today, killing at least 20 people and stranding dozens in cars or on rooftops, AP reports. Eight people are missing. Fueled by the worst rain in decades, waters rose more than 3 feet high in the city's Ikitelli district, cutting off the route to Istanbul's main airport and a highway to Greece and Bulgaria.

Two streams overflowed, hammering dozens of homes and workplaces. “There is huge damage to infrastructure. We need to be more careful when designing infrastructure and cities,” said a government minister. Floods in Turkey since Monday have now killed at least 28. More rain is expected in the country’s northwest, the BBC reports.