A violent storm in Turkey has left four people dead as strong winds and torrential rains lashed much of the country for the past two days, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The minaret of a mosque in a suburb of the capital Ankara collapsed late Saturday in winds blowing up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) an hour, killing two men and injuring five others, the agency said.
In the southern province of Antalya, a 65-year-old man fell to his death late Saturday from the roof of his house while doing repairs to prevent the rain from leaking in, Anatolia said.
Another death occurred in the neighbouring province of Burdur where a 60-year-old woman was asphyxiated by smoke from a stove she had lit to get warm during the storm.
Her husband was hospitalized in a critical condition, Anatolia added.
Elsewhere, the strong winds knocked town electricity poles, leaving several towns partly or completely blacked out, and blew away the roofs of many buildings. Several houses and offices were also flooded, the agency said – Ankara (AFP)