Ankara, the Turkish capital, is suffering its worst winter since 1950.
GV & SV Snow-covered roof and chimneys without smoke (2 shots)
SV PAN Logs covered in snow TO man cutting logs on saw and putting then into boot of his car (2 shots)
GV & SV Men shovelling snow from roadside and snow-covered cars stranded at roadside (2 shots)
GV Empty freight train rolling past railway tanker cars (2 shots)
SV Tanker lorries in depot (2 shots)
SV & CU Buses in depot (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK & SV Workmen trying to unfreeze bus with steam (2 shots)
SV Children pulling sledge and carrying skis walks up hill
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Background: Ankara, the Turkish capital, is suffering its worst winter since 1950. Temperatures of more than twenty degrees (Celcius) below freezing, coupled with the worsening economic situation, have brought life in Ankara to a virtual standstill.
SYNOPSIS: The snow-covered chimneys of Ankara have stopped smoking as Turkey has no money to buy expensive foreign oil. The shortage highlights the country's chronic lack of foreign exchange. But with freezing temperatures in the worst winter for thirty years, the Turks have found ways of self-help. Logs can be bought at street stalls.
Those who are lucky enough not to have their car snowed in--or fortunate to find petrol once the cars have been dug out--can ferry the logs home to heat their houses. There ins no other heating fuel. Many trains run empty. There are no goods to transport, or even fuel to run the trains.
The city buses fare no better. They are stranded at he depots, their hydraulic systems frozen in the severe cold.
Those buses still running have to be thawed out each morning with steam. At the root of Turkey's problems lies an economy virtually in ruins, and with a severe balance of payment deficit.
The only citizens of Ankara seemingly unperturbed are children who make the most of the snow with their sleds and skis.