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Flights partially resume at Istanbul's airport

Turkish Airlines plane about to take off at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul May 15, 2013. (AFP Photo/Ozan Kose)

ISTANBUL: Flights at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Turkey's largest by passenger numbers, partially resumed Thursday afternoon after being suspended for about an hour due to a storm, an official at the state airports authority said.

Istanbul and Turkey's western coast including the coastal hub of Izmir suffered heavy rain, snarling traffic and damaging the basements of some buildings.

Earlier Thursday, a 16-year-old boy drowned in the western city of Izmir after being dragged along the street by flood water, local media said.

 

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