Death toll in Turkey wildfires rises to eight, coastal resorts affected – News Vibe24

    Death toll in Turkey wildfires rises to eight, coastal resorts affected - Times of India
    The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast rose to eight on Sunday as firefighters battled for a fifth day to contain the blaze, which is still raging in seaside resorts.
    Two more people died Sunday in fires in the southern city of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 10 others were being treated at a local hospital.
    More than 100 fires that have broken out in Turkey in the past five days have been contained, authorities said. However, fires were still burning in Manavgat and Marmaris and inland Milas, said Forest Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, causing the evacuation of some residential areas and hotels.
    In the popular resort town of Bodrum, a group of tourists and hotel staff were evacuated by boat as flames spread and smoke filled the sky. Pakdemirli said the fire in the area had been contained by Sunday morning.
    The fires had already claimed the lives of five people in Manavgat and one person in Marmaris in recent days. Efforts are being made to put out six fires that are still burning in Turkey on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Forests.
    Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes since Wednesday. Locals as well as support teams from Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Azerbaijan have been deployed to assist firefighters. The Turkish government has pledged to rebuild damaged homes and compensate for the losses in areas affected by the fires.
    Paktemirli said at least 13 planes, 45 helicopters, drones and 828 fire engines were involved in the firefight.
    In neighboring Greece, the country that destroyed homes and left 15 people in hospital with respiratory problems on Saturday, authorities said. Temperatures have been high in much of the country in recent days and are expected to reach 44 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.
    On the Italian island of Sicily https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/firemen-fighting-wildfires-sicilian -town-catania-2021-07-31, firefighters said on Saturday that they were fighting for the second consecutive day of fires that arrived in the city of Catania, forcing people to leave their homes and the local airport to be temporarily closed.

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