Controlled most forest fires in southern Turkey | Europe up to date | D.W.

Most of the forest fires on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, which have killed four people and forced the evacuation of dozens of villages, are under control, Turkish authorities announced on Friday (30.07.2021).

Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said “57 out of 71 fires across the country have been brought under control”.

“The situation is improving in all active fires,” he added.

Since Wednesday, various fires have broken out in the forests of Manavgat, Alanya, Adana, Mersin, Bodrum and Marmaris, near tourist places in southern Turkey, which quickly reached populated areas due to strong winds.

The fires claimed four lives, including a 25-year-old man who was traveling to a devastated site in Marmaris to provide relief, according to NTV broadcaster.

Dozens of houses, fields and stables in several villages were destroyed by the flames. Faced with the resurgence of fires, the authorities evacuated dozens of villages. A hotel in the resort town of Bodrum was also evacuated. (AFP)

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