Turkey’s wildfire deaths increase to four, flames rage


Manavgat, Turkey — Firefighters were fighting flames on Friday’s third day after wildfire deaths on Turkey’s south coast increased to four and dozens of villages and several hotels were evacuated. rice field.

More than 60 wildfires broke out in 17 states on Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts this week, officials said. The forestry minister said the fires raged in six states, and authorities promised to explain who was found responsible for the fire.

Villages and some hotels have been evacuated in areas popular with tourists, and television footage shows people fleeing over fields as they see a fire break out near their homes. It was reflected.

Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said fires are still ongoing in six states, including the Mediterranean resort area of ​​Antalya and the Aegean resort state of Mula.

“We wanted to contain some fires as of this morning, and we’re cautiously saying they’re improving, but we still can’t say they’re in control,” he said. Said.

Ground and helicopter firefighters were fighting the flames that killed three people in Manavgat, 75 km (45 miles) east of the Mediterranean resort Antalya.

One person was also found dead on Thursday in the Marmaris region of Muğla, 290 kilometers (180 miles) west of Manavgat. The fire continued in Marmaris, but the residential area was not at risk, Park de Mirli said.

Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum said the fire in Manavgat evacuated 27 neighborhoods and affected 15 other neighborhoods and 2,300 buildings.

After fires began to spread around Manavgat on Wednesday, some areas of Adana and Mersin were evacuated in the heat of strong winds. The Manavgat hospital was also evacuated.

Buildings, including the Marmaris hotel, have been evacuated, Reuters television footage showed. Two separate fires broke out near the residential areas of the summer hotspots of the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Mugla and Didim, Aidin.

According to Park de Mirri, three planes, nine drones, 38 helicopters, 680 fire trucks and 4,000 employees are involved in fire extinguishing activities in the states of Osmaniye, Kayseri, Kojaeri, Adana, Mersin and Kutahya. However, separate wildfires raged.

By Mert Ozkan