A strong tornado hit Turkey's southern province of Antalya, injuring 38 people and causing severe damages. (AFP Photo)
ANKARA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- At least 38 people were injured in the tornado in Turkey's southern Antalya Province late Monday, Dogan News Agency reported Tuesday.
The tornado, which moved swiftly towards the land from the sea, hit the farming fields and uprooted trees particularly in areas closer to the coastline, according to the report.
The heavy storm and rainfall left a large-scale damage in the areas. And greenhouses, houses and vehicles were destroyed. The power lines were broken which caused hours of electricity shortage.
Hail in the size of walnuts was also effective in some areas, causing great damage in crops and outer covers of greenhouses.
Several districts in Antalya province, including Finike, Kumluca, Demre, Kas and Kemer districts, were affected severely in the storm. Fires were reported in some regions.
Antalya province is an important agriculture region which is among Turkey's largest fruit and vegetable production centers.
The damage caused by the storm is more or less expected to increase food prices in the upcoming months, experts said.