Blizzard paralyses transportation in southeastern Europe, Istanbul

Weather conditions have forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights in Istanbul's airports

Photo by: Reuters/Osman Orsal
Photo by: Reuters/Osman Orsal

A boy walks under snow-covered trees during a snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey, January 7, 2017.

On Saturday Istanbul was hit by a blizzard, with some areas of the city receiving up to 40 centimetres of snowfall, almost 16 inches. The harsh winter weather has stopped ferry transportation in the city of 14 million people that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus strait. 

Oliver Dominic Whitfield reports from Istanbul