Death Toll in Turkey Wildfires Rises to Eight

A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire near Marmaris, Turkey, August 1, 2021. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast rose to eight on Sunday as firefighters battled for a fifth day to contain blazes still raging in coastal resort towns.

Two more people died on Sunday due to wildfires in the southern town of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 10 others were receiving treatment in hospital in the area.

Most of more than 100 blazes that erupted in Turkey in the last five days have been contained, authorities said. However, fires were still blazing in Manavgat and in Marmaris and the inland town of Milas, Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said, prompting the evacuation of some residential areas and hotels.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Yesim Dikmen in Istanbul and Eleftherios Papadimas in Athens; additional reporting by Kate Abnett in Brussels Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun Editing by Frances Kerry, Susan Fenton and Chris Reese

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