US News Lead 1-Important Disturbances in Turkey and Greece, under the snow

19:30  25 january  2022
19:30  25 january  2022 Source:   lemonde.fr

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Turkey-Greece / Snow (Lead 1, TV, Photo): Lead 1-Important Disturbances in Turkey and Greece, Under Snow

(Updated With partial flights from Istanbul, details)

by Blent Usta Karolina Tagaris

Istanbul / Athens, January 25 (Reuters) - Flights partially resumed Tuesday at Istanbul Airport after an interruption of nearly 24 hours due to Strong snowfall that provoked disturbances in transport, Greece as well.

Istanbul, a city of 16 million inhabitants, is under the snow since last week. Most devices were nailed to the ground at the international airport, one of the most important in the world.

A spokesman stated that a limited number of flights had resumed at 10:00 GMT (13:00, local time) after 22 hours of suspension, and that flights scheduled this Tuesday would be operational around midnight.

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Turkish Airlines specified that his flights were suspended until 21:00 GMT.

The traffic of bus and ferries was also disturbed and the motorists had banned to take their car Tuesday morning. Exceptional leave has been granted to state agents until Wednesday due to the restricted supply of transport.

A video circulating on the Internet shows a man skiing in the streets of Istanbul.

of the ever seen for 29 years, the beaches of the seaside city of Antalya, in the south of the country, disappeared under the snow.

Some 4,600 people found themselves on the roads across the country, and several thousand had to be temporarily accommodated in wealth centers, said the authority for emergencies and natural disasters.

The situation is also delicate in Greece, affected Monday by heavy snowfall.

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In Athens, where the Attiki Odos motorway was impassable, more than 3,500 people were evacuated, but some 1,200 vehicles remained blocked on this artery of the capital, said Giannis Oikonomou government spokesman.

In the night, soldiers distributed food, water and blankets to motorists, some of which remained trapped more than ten hours.

electricity cuts were reported to Athens.

The authorities decreed on Tuesday and Wednesday holidays - schools, administrations, companies were closed, with the exception of service stations, pharmacies and supermarkets.

The storm, baptized "Elpida", should continue until Wednesday. (Ezgi Report Erkoyun, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Karolina Tagaris; French version Valentine Baldassari and Sophie Louet, edited by)

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