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Buses, airstairs overturned, planes damaged by second tornado in 3 days in Turkey's Antalya

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Severe rainfall and storm in Antalya caused great damage to buses and planes, injured at least 12 people, Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu said on Saturday.

The second tornado in three days struck Turkey's southern Antalya province Saturday, flipping buses and causing damage to planes and the city's international airport.

After a rough evening, authorities said 12 people had been injured, two buses and a minibus had overturned and two sets of airstairs had toppled over due to high winds.

Speaking to Turkish news channel NTV, Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu said that two planes and a police helicopter had suffered significant damage in the storm. He stated that none of the injured were in critical condition.

He said authorities are surveying the damage and doing their best to clean up the airport to avoid further delays.

Governor Karaloğlu said he hoped the worst was over and the destructive winds had passed, adding that air traffic was now back to normal.

However, he urged precaution and advised citizens to closely follow the General Directorate of Meteorology's announcements and monitor the weather.

The powerful storm started Wednesday night, hitting Antalya's Kumluca, Kemer and Finike districts and damaging buildings, agricultural areas, and vehicles.

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