Forest fires raged on in Turkey’s south and southwest coastal resort towns, forcing the evacuation of several villages and tourism facilities.
According to Xinhua news agency, the fire in the Manavgat district of the Mediterranean province of Antalya reached Sirtkoy village on Sunday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of residents.
“We have been on high alert at night for not allowing the flames to threaten the residential homes. But the strong wind diverted the blaze toward our homes. We couldn’t do anything,” a village resident told the NTV broadcaster.
The fire in Manavgat, which erupted on July 27, killed seven people and injured 507 others, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.
Meanwhile, many residents and tourists in Bodrum, an Aegean resort town in the Mugla province, have been evacuated by Coast Guard boats and private yachts following a new fire that erupted in the Mazi neighbourhood.
Firefighters in Marmaris, another Mugla resort town, have been battling the blaze that is still burning in the area.
The Turunc neighbourhood was ordered to be evacuated by authorities.
According to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, 111 fires that erupted in Turkey over the last five days had been put out by Sunday morning.
Six fires, he said, were still raging.
Horrific videos of wildfires in Turkey
— J̵̟̦̲̞̭̱̀̈́͑̄̇̈́̚͝ustice (@The_Justice7) August 1, 2021
Absolutely devastating wild fires destroyed Mugla’s Cokertme in Turkey pic.twitter.com/AznMg2rgN2
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) August 1, 2021
Wildfires have erupted around the world; the most devastating in Turkey. 😢 Italy, USA, Spain, France, Cyprus, Finland, Lebanon, Canada & Greece have also had terrible fires! There has been severe flooding in Germany, China, Italy, ETC 😞 pic.twitter.com/Rmb1N5XsTw
— We Are Legion, Expect Us! 🌐 (@alconanonymous) August 2, 2021
It’s terrible to watch the wildfires rage through the beautiful countryside in southern #Turkey. Over 25 villages have been evacuated. So far, 4 people have been killed and over 200 people have been injured from the blaze.pic.twitter.com/c2g7xGHsck
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) August 2, 2021
'Firefighters are being completely outpaced by the flames and the fire.'
Our special correspondent @AlexCrawfordSky reports from Bodrum in Turkey where wildfires are burning out of control.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 2, 2021
— 🇹🇷 Umut Acar (@AcarUmut) August 2, 2021