Two more people died Sunday due to wildfires in the southern city of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 10 others were receiving treatment at a hospital in the area.
Most of the more than 100 fires that broke out in Turkey in the past five days have been contained, authorities said. However, fires continued to burn in Manavgat and in Marmaris and the inland city of Milas, Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said, prompting the evacuation of some residential areas and hotels.
In the popular resort town of Bodrum, a group of tourists and hotel staff were evacuated by boat as flames spread and plumes of smoke filled the sky, images showed. Pakdemirli said the fire in the area had been contained Sunday morning.
The fires had already claimed the lives of five people in Manavgat and one person in Marmaris in recent days. Efforts were being made to put out six fires that were still burning in Turkey on Sunday, according to data from the Ministry of Forestry.
Since Wednesday, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Locals and support teams from Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Azerbaijan were deployed to assist the firefighters. The Turkish government promised to rebuild damaged homes and make up for losses in areas affected by the fires.
Pakdemirli said that at least 13 planes, 45 helicopters, drones and 828 firefighting vehicles participated in the firefighting efforts.
In neighboring Greece https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/greece-issues-wildfires-warning-ove r-dangerous-heatwave-2021-07-30, firefighters were trying to contain a forest fire burning in the West of the country that destroyed houses and left 15 citizens in the hospital with respiratory problems on Saturday, authorities said. Temperatures have been high across much of the country in recent days and are expected to reach 44 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.
On the Italian island of Sicily https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/firemen-fighting-wildfires-sicilian -town-catania-2021-07-31, firefighters said Saturday they were fighting for the second day in a row . Wildfires that reached the city of Catania, forcing people to leave their homes and the local airport to temporarily close.