Heavy snowfall closes schools across Turkey

Schools in Turkey’s 32 province’s close due to heavy snowfall

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Children are seen having snowball fight in southeastern province of Diyarbakir in Turkey.

Turkish officials said that heavy snow across the country caused more than a third of the 81 provinces to close down schools on Thursday.

Authorities said schools closed for the day due to highly affected roads from the snowfall, especially in the northern provinces.

Meanwhile, hundreds of flights, in and out of Istanbul, were cancelled for Thursday and Friday in the city’s two airports due to the overwhelming weather conditions,

Turkish airlines said that it cancelled 265 flights arriving and departing from Ataturk International Airport -the city’s main airport- and 37 from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.  

City authorities on Wednesday assured that more than 1,000 vehicles and heavy machinery were available to keep roads open.

However, Istanbul residents were still warned against traveling, unless it’s essential travel.

The snowfall is expected to continue for much of Thursday in the city.

Ferries crossing the Bosphorus Strait, halving Europe's largest city, were disrupted but the waterway, -the only maritime exit for Russian oil and other commodities from the Black Sea- remained open for shipping.

TRTWorld and agencies