Updated: 12/1/2018 4:43:08 AM
Heavy rainfall swept cars down the streets and left them either submerged or stacked. The downpour was preceded by a waterspout, seen to form under a thunderstorm and drift towards the beach. The following rain went on into the night.
Bodrum Mayor Mehmet Kocadon emphasised that citizens were warned in advance of the heavy rain risk: "It was a very interesting situation. It was like a monsoon rain. There are a lot of floods. Bodrum centre, there is a great disaster around. Bodrum is currently experiencing a historical disaster."
Flood waters reached one metre in depth and close to 100 houses and workplaces were damaged as a result of the gushing water, mostly in the west of the city.
Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Aegean resort town of Bodrum in southwestern Turkey's Muğla province was pounded with hail and heavy rains that swept away cars and left the town underwater on Thursday.
Rainfall began in the morning hours and grew in intensity in mid-afternoon, turning streets into lakes and stranding drivers and pedestrians.
Videos on social media showed rivers of water sweeping over cars as they poured down the streets of the town. Photos showed well-known sites in Bodrum, such the Oasis shopping mall, nearly unrecognizable as locals waded through waist-deep water.
A waterspout formed on the sea between Bodrum and the Greek island of Kos around 2 p.m. and was visible from the Turkish shore for about 15 minutes, causing panic. However, the waterspout headed west and was eventually lost from sight.
Firefighters and emergency response teams from Muğla Metropolitan Municipality and Bodrum Municipality were working to drain water from homes and businesses.
Locals were warned to exercise caution as heavy rainfall continues, reported Daily Sabah.
Bodrum Floods Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow