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Devastating forest fire claims 3 in Turkey

Three people were found dead as a massive forest fire burned for a second day in southern Turkey yesterday, the country’s AFAD disaster agency and agriculture minister said, with efforts to rescue others and extinguish the blaze continuing.

More than 100 other people had to be evacuated, required medical treatment or suffered damage to property as a result of the fire.

Hot weather and strong winds have caused blazes to spread around the town of Manavgat, 75 kilometers east of the resort city of Antalya, and nearby villages. Several settlement areas were evacuated on Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said yesterday that an 82-year-old man had been found dead during the evacuation of the district of Kepezbeleni, 16km northeast of Manavgat. A group of 10 people were rescued after being stranded on a boat at the nearby Oymapinar dam.

Red Cross sends food

Pakdemirli later said two others were found dead in the Degirmenli district of Antalya, some 20km east of Manavgat, adding that efforts to contain the fire continued.

AFAD said 122 people had been impacted by the fires and that 58 were receiving treatment.

It said a firefighting plane, a drone, 19 helicopters, some 250 vehicles, and 960 personnel were part of efforts to control the blaze, while Turkey’s Red Crescent sent staff and food kits to the region.

“Houses located in areas that could be impacted by the fire have been evacuated. Several homes, offices, farms, agricultural fields, greenhouses, and vehicles have been damaged by fire,” AFAD said in a statement.

Authorities evacuated 18 villages and districts in Antalya while 16 more villages were evacuated in the neighboring provinces of Adana and Mersin, where efforts to extinguish separate wildfires were underway.

Television footage showed burnt residential buildings and people fleeing across fields as firefighters backed by helicopters battled the fires.

Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast, a popular destination for local and foreign tourists, is known for its scorching summers.


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