Turkey: Snow cuts off hundreds of settlements from outside world
Tens of thousands of villagers have been left stranded in the eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey because of severe winter conditions.
Snow and blizzards cut off at least 1,385 settlements in Turkey's eastern and southeastern provinces from the outside world and left tens of thousands of villagers stranded, Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) reported on Sunday.
The Kurdish-majority provinces of Van, Hakkari, Agri, Mus, Bitlis and Erzurum and Kars are the ones most severely effected by weather conditions, MA said.
The snow depth in some areas of Mus has been measured over 2 m and in the city of Bitlis over 107 cm.
Transportation on the road linking the metropolitan areas of Diyarbakir and Urfa was disrupted by heavy snowfall on Saturday, and the semester break was extended in Diyarbakir, Urfa, Mus, Bitlis, Antep, Adiyaman and Sivas because of weather conditions.