Flash floods gushed across an Istanbul arterial road on Wednesday, killing 11 people and stranding dozens of vehicles, reports said.
As waters rose more than a meter (3 feet) high in the city's Ikitelli district, motorists climbed on roofs of their vehicles waiting to be rescued. The floods occurred in the early hours as people began making their way to work, washing over a main road linking the city to an industrial area, an airport and a highway to Greece.
Istanbul firefighters recovered four bodies at a truck parking lot off the highway, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. CNN-Turk television said seven other bodies were recovered at a gas station in the nearby district of Halkali.
There was no immediate official confirmation of the deaths, which would raise the overall toll in floods that have hit the region.