Some Turkish schools closed as snowfall blocks many roads

The cold snap is persisting in Turkey, with weather-related incidents killing three while many roads are blocked off and numerous schools closed due to heavy snow across the country.

Some Turkish schools closed as snowfall blocks many roads


World Bulletin / News Desk

The cold snap is persisting in Turkey, with weather-related incidents killing three while many roads are blocked off and numerous schools closed due to heavy snow across the country.

Menşure Sülük (87) was found dead by her neighbors 300 meters from her house in Bursa's Uluabat village on Sunday. Also in the city, minibus driver Birol Kızmaz collided with a truck in the opposite lane when he braked suddenly on an icy road at about 11 p.m. on Sunday. Kızmaz and his passenger both died at the scene of the accident.

In the southeastern province of Malatya a farmer was stuck on a plateau with a flock of sheep for three days. Hüseyin Turan and the animals were saved Sunday following seven-hour-long search and rescue efforts. Turan was reportedly in good health.

The nationwide snowfall blocked many roads in Bursa, Balıkesir, Kayseri, Malatya, Bartın, Karabük and Hakkari. A Bursa official said 40 village roads in the province had been closed and that they were planning to open them by Monday evening.

The heavy snow in parts of the central Black Sea region caused schools to be closed and blocked many roads in Samsun, Sinop, Ordu and Amasya.

In the meantime, the snowfall pleased hotels and skiers in Turkey's famous skiing center of Uludağ, in the western province of Bursa. Uludağ's skiing season opened on Dec. 21 last year. The early arrival of the snow, which reached a depth of 60 centimeters on the mountain, raised hoteliers' hopes for an early opening this year.

Last Mod: 13 Aralık 2010, 17:58
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