1 dead, 10 stuck in a wildfire in southern Turkey: Minister


On July 28, 2021, a black smoke eruption erupts from the forest around Manavgat, 75 km (45 miles) east of the Turkish resort city of Antalya. (KaanSoyturk / Reuters)

Istanbul — One person was killed and 10 people were trapped in a wildfire burning on the second day in southern Turkey on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said rescue and fire extinguishing efforts continued. ..

Due to the heat and strong winds, the fire spread to the town of Manavgat and nearby villages 75 km (45 miles) east of the resort city of Antalya.

Pakdemirri said an 82-year-old man was found dead during an evacuation in the Kepesbereni district, 16 kilometers (10 miles) northeast of Manavgat, and 10 people were stranded in the nearby Oima Piner Dam. .. The troops were on the way to rescue people, Pakdermirli said.

Authorities evacuated 18 villages and districts in Antalya, and 16 more in the neighboring provinces of Adana and Mersin, he added.

Television footage showed people fleeing over burnt houses and fields as firefighters supported by helicopters fought to extinguish the fire.

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