Huge hailstorm batters Istanbul

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:41 GMT, Jul 28, 2017 |

A freak storm swept through Istanbul on Thursday (July 27), unleashing heavy rain and hail that flooded roads, felled trees and brought air traffic and transport to a standstill.

At least two people were injured when an old cemetery wall collapsed, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Flights from city’s Ataturk airport, a major regional hub, had been suspended.

Parts of the city were pounded by gold ball-sized hail and roads were flooded with muddy rainwater. The downpour left some cars and buses submerged or stranded.

A large crane fell over at Haydarpasa port, near the southern entrance to the Bosphorus, causing an explosion and a fire that was later brought under control, the Daily Sabah said.

It was the second time this month that heavy rains flooded streets and disrupted transport in Istanbul.