Istanbul’s mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has vowed to solve this summer what he called a two-decade long infrastructure problem in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, the scene of a deadly flooding.
A Syrian national was killed and at least eight people were hospitalized with injuries on Tuesday after the district was struck by flash flooding.
Esenyurt is one of 38 districts of Istanbul where the main opposition municipality launched construction sites to deal with the city’s infrastructure problems, İmamoğlu said while visiting the district.
“Another chronic part of Istanbul is Haramidere. There are serious infrastructure problems and a risk of flooding might happen anytime there. This problem has been around for 15-20 years. I hope we will deal with it this summer. We need to solve this problem permanently,” the mayor added.
İmamoğlu also said the municipality would work to ensure residents’ safety overnight and help victims to return to their homes.