Deadly flash floods hit Turkey

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At least 28 lives have been taken in northern Turkey after torrential rains sparked flash floods there, according to the calculation based on media reports.

The dead included seven women textile workers who drowned in a minibus taking them to work, Turkish media said.

The floods struck in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some suburbs in Istanbul and neighboring provinces were partially submerged under water and hundreds of vehicles were left stranded.

Dramatic scenes played out in the rescue operation, with those trapped climbing onto rooftops to escape the flood waters.

According to Turkish officials, the amount of rain that has fallen in two days roughly equals what normally falls in six months in Istanbul.