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Wildfires rage in Turkey: How serious is it and should tourists worry?

Author : Polina Davydova

Source : 112 Ukraine

The authorities have already called what is happening a national disaster
21:37, 2 August 2021

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Wildfires in Turkey have become a national disaster, as the country's authorities have already announced. The number of victims is growing.

Some countries have already announced their readiness to help Turkey overcome the disaster, including Ukraine, which, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, will send a fire plane to help. The State Emergencies Ministry reported that they will send two firefighting aircraft to Turkey to extinguish the centers of forest fires.

Later, the State Emergencies Committee reported that the planes had already taken off.

Fires in Turkey. What's happening?

According to rescuers, the total area of ​​the fires is over 1,500 hectares. As a result of them, according to the latest data, four people have already died. Another 183 people were injured, but the figure, unfortunately, continues to increase.

Forest fires near Marmaris, Turkey
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CNN Turk reports that wildfires have broken out one after another in 8 different provinces in Turkey. In particular, we are talking about Antalya, Adana, Osmaniye, Mersin, Kayseri, Mugla and Kutahya.

The fire damaged more than 100 private houses and structures and crept up to tourist sites.

In particular, in the Milas region, a forest fire reached the territory of two 5-star hotels. In a few hours, the fire was taken under control, however, tourists at this time were still taken to local beaches as a precautionary measure.

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A strong fire is observed in the forest zone in the Marmaris region. It approached the settlements and hotels at a distance of about 100 meters. Due to the approaching flame, two 3-star hotels and 4 villas were evacuated.

In addition, the fire damaged dozens of homes and social infrastructure. 4,000 firefighters are taking part in extinguishing fires in seven regions of the country.

What about Ukrainians?

“As soon as the fires started in Turkey, I instructed diplomats to monitor the needs of citizens and the threat to security 24/7. Now there is no data on the injured Ukrainians.

But we are already working on scenarios for the return of citizens in case the situation worsens. The safety of Ukrainians abroad is above all, "Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

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