At least three people were killed, and more than a dozen are in hospitals due to the consequences of the forest fire that the wind caused to the buildings of the resort of Managua, near Antalya, in the south of Turkey, the officials announced today.
20 city districts and more than 30 villages were evacuated, 112 people were injured, 58 of whom were hospitalized, mostly due to smoke poisoning.
Some hotels were also evacuated, RTS reports.
The published footage shows burned buildings and people fleeing across the fields, while firefighters and helicopters are trying to contain the fire in Managua, which is 75 kilometers away from the resort of Antalya.
Officials said more than 60 fires broke out in 17 provinces on Turkey’s, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts this week.
The Emergency Situations Service states that 960 people, fire planes, 19 helicopters and about 250 vehicles were engaged in extinguishing the fire.
Planes from Russia are also taking part in extinguishing the fire that engulfed the forest in the Turkish province of Antalya, the embassy of that country in Ankara announced.
So far, 36 forest fires have been brought under control, and the remaining seventeen are being put out.
More than 140 people asked for medical help, and many also suffered material damage, reports Reuters.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said earlier today that the fire that broke out yesterday was contained and that no property or people were endangered today, but another fire broke out today, so firefighters are still on the ground.
Several houses, shops and vehicles were destroyed.
The province of Antalya where the fires broke out is a popular tourist destination in Turkey.
Several smaller forest fires are burning in other parts of Turkey, but there is no danger to the settlements. Forest fires off the coast of Turkey are frequent in the summer, and many are thought to have been planted.
Pop star Jelena Karleusa has published footage of the dramatic evacuation of hotel visitors in Turkey, due to a huge fire that engulfed the forest behind, and which is spreading at high speed towards the populated area.
People post photos and videos on social media asking for help.
Please help us. Our country is set on fire, there is fire everywhere. Animals, trees, people die. Please make our voices heard. Disaster is happening in Turkey. #PrayForTurkey #TuerkiyeBurning #Turkeyisburning pic.twitter.com/8gp2xQY1st
— misa👸🏼 (@dailyanimeboss) July 29, 2021
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