Tornado hits Turkish town, 16 injured

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — A small tornado struck a town on Turkey’s Aegean coast, leaving a path of destruction and injuring 16 people, officials and reports said yesterday.

The tornado touched down late on Thursday in the resort town of Cesme, some 90 kilometres west of the city of Izmir. It uprooted trees, blew off roof tiles, swept up cars and knocked down a crane. At least four boats capsized.

The worst hit area was a construction site for summer villas where the crane was toppled and a container housing the construction workers overturned. Sixteen workers were hurt, including one who was hospitalised with a broken leg, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

“Cesme, a paradise on earth, experienced hell last night,” Anadolu quoted the town’s mayor, Ekrem Oran, as saying.

Powerful winds and and hail also caused damage in the nearby town of Urla, destroying hundreds of commercial greenhouses.

People stand in Uskudar, on the Asian side of Istanbul by the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul, Turkey. PHOTO: AP