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Forest fires in Turkey threaten the popular holiday region - people are brought to safety with boats

2021-08-02T06:29:45.227Z

For five days in a row, emergency services have been fighting forest fires in Turkey. Several villages in the Bodrum holiday region were evacuated on Sunday night.



For five days in a row, emergency services have been fighting forest fires in Turkey.

Several villages in the Bodrum holiday region were evacuated on Sunday night.

Istanbul - Thousands of emergency services are fighting serious forest fires in Turkey for the fifth day in a row.

On Sunday night, several villages in the Bodrum holiday region were evacuated, as Mayor Ahmet Aras said.

Among other things, the people were brought to safety by boat across the sea.

The Russian consulate general in Antalya announced on Facebook that 100 Russian tourists had already been brought to safety from an eastern suburb of Bodrum on Saturday evening.

They had been relocated to new hotels and were out of danger.

Forest fires in Turkey kill at least six people

The worst forest fires in years have raged in Turkey since Wednesday.

Forest Minister Bekir Pakdemirli announced on Sunday that five of the original 100 fires are still active.

There were active sources of fire in the southern and western Turkish provinces of Antalya and Mugla.

Strong winds made the extinguishing work difficult.

According to official information, the fires have so far claimed at least six deaths - five people died in Antalya * and one person in Marmaris.

Hundreds were injured.

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Turkey is fighting the worst forest fires in years for the fifth day in a row.

© Xinhua / dpa

Erdogan: The fire in Marmaris was caused by children

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the affected regions and assured the victims of quick help on Saturday evening.

The number of fire-fighters has increased to 16 with the support of Russia, Iran and Ukraine, he said.

The Turkish government has been criticized for days because the country has numerous helicopters but not its own fire-fighting aircraft that are operational.

According to Erdogan, there are also 45 fire-fighting helicopters, drones and thousands of emergency services in action.

A fire in Marmaris was caused by children, said Erdogan.

The investigations into the cause of the other fires would continue, and arson is not ruled out.

Turkey is currently suffering from a heat wave *.

Temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius are also forecast for the coming days in the affected regions.

Devastating forest fires in the Mediterranean

There is also a fire in Italy.

The south of the country is particularly hard hit.

The firefighters are fighting numerous forest fires, especially in Sicily.

(ml / dpa)

* Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

Source: merkur

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