The cold and rainy weather has started to take effect in Istanbul. The snowfall, which began in the districts of Silivri, Çatalca and Büyükçekmece, became effective throughout the city in the hours that followed. IMM Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar and the accompanying IMM delegation inspected the measures taken and followed the work of AKOM. The measures taken have produced results. Thanks to the works that continued until the morning, there was no negative experience in Istanbul.
The cold and rainy weather took its toll in Istanbul as well as the entire Marmara region, starting at 5:00 p.m. yesterday. IMM Secretary General Can Akın Çağlar reviewed the steps taken in Istanbul with the heads of relevant IMM units at AKOM. An evaluation meeting was held to take further action. Istanbul’s traffic was tracked from moment to moment.
THE FIRST DAY HAS NO NEGATIVES
Officials from 153 IMM units including Road Maintenance, IMM Fire Department, IMM Traffic Directorate, İSKİ, Gendarmerie, İGDAŞ, ALO 26 Solution Center, Parks and Gardens Directorate followed the work of their teams from AKOM. The data was evaluated instantly. The necessary interventions have been made. Although the intensity of snowfall in Istanbul increased to 90% in the evening with the dash holiday, no roads were closed in the city. There was no traffic problem.
5 THOUSAND TONNES OF SALT, 6.5 TONNES OF SOLUTION SPILLED
The teams carried out work in accordance with the messages received from the BEUS (Ice Early Warning System), which was established at 60 points across Istanbul. Boxes of salt were left at critical points. In light of incoming data, puddles of snow and ice at critical points such as overpasses, bus stops and plazas were immediately addressed by teams. IMM’s road maintenance team has used 5,000 tonnes of salt and 6.5 tonnes of solution so far.
IMM WELCOMES THE HOMELESS
Homeless people living on the streets were accommodated in IMM structures after being persuaded by police teams and having their health checks. A care center with a capacity of 300 people in Esenyurt for men and a guest house in Kayışdağı with a capacity of 100 people for women started to serve. These centers provide clothing, hygiene and medication support. Additionally, after health screening, homeless people who test positive for COVID will be placed in isolation in designated areas. These studies are carried out by the IMM Health Department.
MOBILE BUFFETS ARE READY
Despite the scenario of citizens preferring to use their personal cars during heavy snowfall, they are stuck in traffic, IMM: maintains mobile kiosks that serve hot drinks, soup and water.
APPROXIMATELY 2 TONS OF FOOD A DAY TO OUR BEST FRIENDS
IMM Veterinary Services will continue to work for our lives on the streets without interruption on cold days. Notifications of sick and injured animals to Hello 153 continue to be received for 24 hours. As part of the night work in the two designated EHPADs, 21 personnel, 4 vehicles and stray animals will be examined, treated and cared for. Food support is being provided to stray animals with approximately 500 tons of food per day at 2 points across the province.
İSTAÇ IN THE FIELD WITH 780 EMPLOYEES
The European and Anatolian teams of Side City Cleaning Chief, mainly regarding the heavy snowfall expected today; Pedestrian walkways, underpasses, stairs, waiting areas at stops on the E-5 track; It carries out cleaning operations such as snow removal in front of public establishments such as coastal roads, hospitals and schools. Medical waste collection work on the European and Anatolian side has not been interrupted.
33 CONSTRUCTION MACHINES ARE WORKING ON THE METROBUS LINE
While 142 bucket tractors will be assigned to keep the village roads open, 11 cranes and rescuers will be on duty. Along the Metrobus route, 33 construction machines are ready to respond to any negativity that may arise.
7 THOUSAND 421 STAFF, 1,582 VEHICLES IN SERVICE 7/24
A total of 7 people, 421 snow removal vehicles and construction equipment are on duty to keep Istanbul’s main streets and squares open. A total of 1,582 tons of salt and a total of 350 tons of solution in 206 different tanks work non-stop for snow removal in stations installed at 56 different points in the city.
IMM WINTER STUDIES WITH DATA
IMM’s winter readiness capability is as follows;
- Responsible road network: 4,023 km
- Personal number: 7.421
- Number of construction vehicles and equipment: 1.582
- Salt broth: 206,056 tons
- Box of salt (at critical points): 350
- Solution status: 64 tanks (capacity of 1,290 tons, production of 25 tons per hour)
- Number of Tractors (for village roads): 142
- Number of Cranes – Rescuers: 11
- Metrobus route: 187 km (33 earthmoving machines)
- Icing Early Warning System: 60 stations