Heavy rains have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, in the weekend, flooding streets and basements.
Many cars were stranded in traffic. Rail and ferry services were disrupted. Istanbul's historic Grand Bazaar - a sprawling complex of covered alleyways lined with shops was flloded. 114 liters of rain per square metre fell in the Faith district, where the Grand Bazaar is located, as well as the Unkapani and Eminonu areas.Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, was badly affected. At least one person was found dead inside a flooded underpass. Merchandise was floating in high flood waters.
Authorities suspended ferry services across the Bosporus, connecting the Asian and European parts of the city, and some tram services were also halted. A section of the city's main highways was also submerged, Istanbul municipality's Disaster Coordination Center said. The rains also flooded an underpass where several shops are located in the Eminonu neighborhood. A car was dragged into a pit caused by a collapsed road but its passengers escaped without injuries. The Grand Bazaar has 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops on a total area of 30,700 m. It’s one of the world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors.