Turkey fights forest fires raging through country's south
Efforts to bring fire under control continue with 10,550 personnel, 45 helicopters, 6 planes, others joining
The forest fires have erupted over the last few days in the southern provinces of Mersin, Osmaniye, Adana, Antalya, Kahramanmaras.
The blazes also burst out in the southwestern province of Mugla and central provinces of Kirikkale and Kayseri.
The county's efforts to bring 14 ongoing fires under control are continuing as 10,550 personnel, 45 helicopters, one unmanned helicopter, nine UAVs, 1,080 water trucks, 660 heavy-duty vehicles, six planes, and 280 portable water tanks are joining the mission.
Massive forest fires in Antalya province
Turkey’s Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya is one of the areas where fires blaze out. An 82-year-old man, who was left alone at home, died while evacuation efforts were underway in the Kepezbeleni village of Akseki district.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said on Thursday that there are 10 people stranded in the Oymapinar Dam in the province while some neighborhoods were evacuated.
"Ambulances and AFAD (the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority) teams are on the way for our citizens in Oymapinar Dam. The road is open, they will try to evacuate them," he said, adding that they do not face a life-threatening situation.
Later, Manavgat District Governor Mustafa Yigit said 10 people stranded in the dam were rescued.
Forest fires first erupted on Wednesday in Antalya’s Manavgat district and spread over a large area.
With the latest announcement, the number of people who died during fires in Antalya has risen to four.
Firefighters battling blazes in Adana, Mersin provinces
In Mersin, people living in areas near fires were evacuated on Wednesday.
They are also working in the Kozan district of Adana province where a fire broke out in a forested land in the Kizlarsekisi area.
Authorities said that the powerful wind fanned fires to rage through the region and it hampers efforts to put out the blazes.