Thousands of tourists had to be evacuated from Turkey’s resort areas due to forest fires. Four people have already died from the flames in the provinces of Antalya and Muğla. The Turkish government, meanwhile, is using the disaster to accuse members of the Kurdish Workers’ Party of arson, although no evidence has been provided. Drought and heat did not occur to him as a reason.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan watches Turkish President’s plane from the devastating bush fire near Manavgat, Turkey on July 31, 2021. The Turkish health minister said the number of deaths from bushfires in Turkey had risen to six. For the third day in a row, firefighters have been battling the flames that have erupted in more than sixty locations in 17 provinces. Photo: MTI / AP / Turkish Presidency
More than 50 forest fires are raging in Turkey at once, with Thursday’s heat intensity four times higher than anything the satellite’s thermal cameras have measured in the country so far. The fires broke the 60-year temperature record around Cizre. According to recordings by the EU Copernicus Atmospheric Observatory, the heat intensity of fires in Turkey reached 20 gigawatts that day.
The AP writes on Saturday that
five-star hotels were evacuated in Bodrum, Turkey, due to a forest fire.
Residents of the hotels fled to the shore after the fire had already endangered the buildings. Private ships were also used for the rescue.
In the popular resort of Bodrum, 80 hectares of land burned down in vain as firefighters tried to curb the flames. As the fire also surrounded two hotels, more than four thousand tourists and hotel workers had to be evacuated by the Coast Guard and fishermen’s boats.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the Kurds for the fires, while brutal heat and drought prevail in much of Greece as well.
The World Meteorological Organization has warned that the Mediterranean region will be hit by extreme heat that could lead to temperatures above 40 degrees in Italy, Greece, Tunisia and Turkey.
Cover image: MTI / AP / Turkish Presidency
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