Izmir Metropolitan Municipality teams continue to work to eliminate the negativities caused by the continuous heavy rain in the city from night hours. Following the developments from İZUM, President Tunç Soyer said, “18 percent of the rain that has rained during the last year has rained overnight. 126 kilograms of water fell per square meter, this is a very serious figure ”. According to the data of the General Directorate of Meteorology, the total precipitation average of February in İzmir is 102,3 kilograms per square meter.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality teams continue to work to eliminate the negativities caused by the uninterrupted rain in the city from night hours. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer canceled the Dikili program and moved to Izmir Transportation Center (IZUM), which is used as a disaster coordination center to monitor developments and coordinate teams.
Don't drive, stay home
Mayor Tunç Soyer, who shared the data about the excessive rainfall that started in İzmir during the last night and increased its effect in a short time in İZUM, said, “İzmir has been facing a great disaster for the last 24 hours. In 2020, 18 percent of the year-round rainfall fell overnight. "126 kilograms of precipitation fell per square meter, this is a very serious figure." Stating that the overflowing streams create a big problem, Mayor Soyer said, “The metro works without interruption. Although the interruptions in İZBAN due to rock falls were eliminated, there are interruptions from time to time. There are problems on the bus lines from time to time, ”he said. Reminding that rainfall is expected in the afternoon, President Soyer urged the residents of Izmir not to drive as much as possible and not to leave their homes and continued as follows: "Staying out of your homes will prevent you from being damaged by this disaster and will facilitate the work of our teams who are in charge."
More rainfall than the 1995 catastrophe
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer reminded that about 1995 kilograms of rainfall per square meter fell within 4 hours during the last flood disaster that Izmir experienced in 100, and said, “At that time, 61 citizens lost their lives. 126 kilograms per square meter fell in Izmir. It's so high number. I can give the following example to show the size of the number. The total rainfall in a year is 717 kilograms. The amount of precipitation İzmir receives in a few hours is 126 kilograms. This is an extraordinarily large number; "It is a great disaster."
125,6 kg of rain fell per square meter in Güzelyalı
Last night in İzmir, 125,6 to Güzelyalı, 119 to Karabağlar, Bayraklı110,4 to Balçova, 95,3 to Menderes, 80,6 to Bornova, 64 to Foça, 57 to Aliağa, 55,3 to Kınık, 48,3 to Karaburun and 48,2 kilograms of rainfall fell on Buca. According to the data of the General Directorate of Meteorology, while the average of February precipitation was 47 kilograms in İzmir, İzmir received 102,3 kilograms of precipitation overnight.
The amount of precipitation above the expected and seasonal norms negatively affected life in many parts of the city. The rain that started at night and continued uninterruptedly in İzmir caused flooding and floods of the streams Hacı Ahmet, Mehmetçik, Hıfzıssıhha, Polygon, Gümüşpala, Yamanlar, Çitlenbik, Doğançay, Yahya, Karakoç. Fire brigade, science works, parks and gardens teams affiliated to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and related units of IZSU General Directorate continue their work. All municipal facilities have been mobilized to keep up with the notices and to return life to normal.
What happened in the 1995 flood disaster in Izmir?
On the night connecting 1995 November to 3 November 4, more than 4 kilograms of precipitation fell per square meter in a 100-hour period. 322 houses were destroyed along the beds of Büyükçiğli, Kavaklıdere, Örnekköy, Dallık and Yamanlar streams that took their source from the Yamanlar Mountain and emptied into the Izmir Bay; 10 thousand buildings were damaged by flood waters, most of them in Örnekköy and Dallık stream beds. 61 people died, 63 of whom were during the incident. In the precipitation classification, precipitation that falls over 1 kilograms per 100 square meter is considered as "excessive precipitation".