Huge Tornado Ravages Coast And Kills Two

Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This is the huge tornado that ravaged resorts along the Turkish Riviera leaving a teenage girl and a middle-aged man dead.

Severe storms and tornadoes hit areas of the south-western Turkish province of Antalya on 24th January, killing one and injuring at least eight others.

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The teenager, identified as Berivan Karakeci, was hospitalised after being hit by falling debris in the district of Kumluca, but sadly medics were unable to save the girl’s life.

Kumluca mayor Yusuf Goven said: “She was struck by debris while gathering oranges. There are also eight people who are injured.”

Bayram Demir, a 39-year-old husband father, also lost his life when he was reportedly standing in front of a building at work and the tornado swept through. He also died from his injuries in hospital.

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Meanwhile, over 30 vehicles were overturned while reports said that an Antalya council building was badly damaged.

Several towns, including Kemer and Milas, were also reportedly affected by tornadoes, which are considered rare in Turkey.

Stunned residents braved the elements to film videos which were then shared on social media.

In the footage, huge gusts of wind batter a small village while a huge funnel-shaped tornado is seen extending high into the sky.

Another scene shows a brooding tornado sweeping over a cityscape. In one street view, trees are seen bending as strong winds blow debris around a built up area.

The clean-up operation continues.

A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the Earth’s surface and a cumulonimbus or cumulus cloud, and can last anytime between a few minutes and over an hour.