Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4

Death toll in wildfires that hit southern Turkey rises to 4
Turkish fire crews are continuing to fight blazes in southern Turkey that burned down homes and forced evacuations while the death toll in the wildfires rose to four

The death toll in a string of wildfires raging in southern Turkey rose to four, 当局は金曜日に言った, as fire crews continued to battle blazes that burned down homes and forced people to evacuate settlements and beach resorts.

Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 20 locations in six provinces in Turkey’s 地中海 and southern Aegean region, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said. より多い 50 others wildfires that broke out since Wednesday amid strong winds and scorching heat were extinguished.

The minister said it was too soon to declare that the current fires were under control, but insisted the fire crews were making good progress.

The worst fires were in the Manavgat and Akseki regions, in Antalya province, where strong winds pushed the fire toward settlements on Wednesday. An 82-year-old man and a married couple died, より多い 50 people were hospitalized and dozens of homes were incinerated. より多い 25 neighborhoods or villages were evacuated.

その間, a 25-year-old volunteer died in another fire near the resort of Marmaris 約 320 キロメートル (200 マイル) west of Antalya late on Thursday, raising the death toll in the fires to four. State-run Anadolu Agency said the man was taking drinking water to firefighters, but was involved in a motorcycle crash and perished in the fire.

The mountainside fire in Marmaris briefly threatened holiday homes and hotels on Thursday while guests at a luxury hotel hotel in the Aegean beach resort of Guvercinlik, near the town of Bodrum, were evacuated in boats, レポートによると.

Authorities on Thursday launched investigations into the fires and Fahrettin Altun, a top aide to President レジェップ・タイップ・エルドアン said “those responsible will have to account for the attacks against nature and forests.” The mayor for Marmaris said he couldn’t rule out “sabotage” as a cause for the fire there.

山火事は、乾燥した夏の間、トルコの地中海とエーゲ海地方でよく見られます。, although some previous forest fires have been blamed on arson or outlawed Kurdish militants.

In other provinces, authorities declared a ban on people entering forests in a bid to prevent more fires.


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