Turkey’s capital Ankara hit by freak sandstorm, six people injured

A handout DHA TV grab shows a freak sandstorm sweeping over Polatli, in Ankara. (AFP)

A freak sandstorm hit Ankara on Saturday, the Turkish capital’s mayor said, as officials said six people were injured after strong winds.

A spectacular video shared by the mayor’s office showed a large beige dust cloud enveloping buildings.

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Another video posted on social media by the Turkish General Directorate of Meteorology showed massive dust clouds hanging above homes in the capital, and lightning.

The directorate tweeted that the sandstorm and rains would continue until 1600 GMT in the capital, which since late last month has been going through a dry period and heatwave.

It later issued a warning of strong winds and sandstorms for the neighboring of province, Kirikkale, in central Turkey.

“Six citizens were lightly wounded by objects in the air after strong winds in Polatli and surrounding districts according to initial information,” Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said on Twitter.

Polatli is a district in Ankara.

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Last Update: Saturday, 12 September 2020 KSA 21:18 - GMT 18:18
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