Heavy snowfall leaves hundreds of village roads closed to traffic in Kurdistan
Heavy snowfall hit Dersim, Elazığ, Bingöl, Malatya, Hakkari and Van cities of Kurdistan and hundreds of village roads were closed to transportation.
Snow and rain shower continue to affect the cities of Kurdistan. Hundreds of village roads have been closed to transportation due to the snowfall in Dersim, Elazig, Bingöl and Malatya. Mardin, Amed, Batman, Şırnak, Siirt and Urfa receive rain shower while it rains mixed with snow in the northern parts of Amed and Batman and the high lands of Şırnak and Siirt. In Van and Hakkari, the roads of 349 settlements were blocked due to the snowfall that had been effective for two days.
Due to the heavy snowfall in Dersim, a total of 143 villages, 11 in the center, 40 in Pülümür, 26 in Ovacık, 21 in Nazımiye, 18 in Mazgirt, 13 in Hozat, 10 in Pertek and 4 in Çemişgezek district roads were closed to transportation. Erzincan-Pülümür was temporarily closed to traffic due to snowfall and blizzard, while measures were taken on the Elazig road. While the city center saw rain mixed with snow from time to time, Pülümür and Hozat, especially Ovacık district, were covered with snow. Snow depth reached 1.5 meters in Ovacık district.
In Elazig, snow is effective in high altitude regions. With the snowfall, a total of 88 village roads, 5 in the center, 10 in Baskil, 15 in Maden, 22 in Karakoçan, 10 in Kovancılar, 16 in Palu and 10 in Sivrice, were closed to transportation. In the center of Elazig, snowfall started today.
Snowfall in Bingöl center and districts has been effective since last evening. While the snowfall in the city center was mixed with rain, the snow thickness reached up to 40 centimeters in places at high altitudes. Due to snow, 281 village roads were closed to transportation throughout the city.
Snowfall started to be effective in Malatya from the night hours. Municipality teams started work on the main roads.
Snowfall, which started to be effective in Hakkari in the evening, continues at regular intervals. Due to heavy snowfall, 20 villages and 41 hamlets in Hakkari center, 56 villages and 78 hamlet roads in Yüksekova were closed to transportation. Snow removal teams started work to reopen the closed roads.
Snow depth reached one meter in the high points of the city. Some vehicles were stranded on high altitude roads. Vehicles and drivers were rescued with construction equipment.
One of the cities where snowfall is effective is Van. Transportation to 154 settlements is not provided due to the heavy snowfall in the districts of the city. It is reported that the roads of 70 settlements in Bahçesaray, 1 in Başkale, 33 in Çatak and 50 in Gürpınar were blocked.