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Firefighters in Turkey battle wildfires as flames race across hills

CA, 03 Aug 2021
Flames were racing across hills in Turkey's resort town of Marmaris, where firefighters struggled to bring under control wildfires still raging for a sixth day on Monday.

On a nearby road, some locals appeared to be evacuating the area, making their way through thick, black smoke.

Television images showed huge flames engulfing the hills of Manavgat.

Firefighters using fire vehicles, planes and helicopters also battled flames in several coastal resorts in drought-hit Turkey, as the government faced fresh criticism of its handling the disaster.

Seven fires were still burning, fanned by temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F), strong winds and low humidity, Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said.

Meteorology maps show areas affected by fires have suffered severe drought in recent months.

Eight people have been killed in the wildfires in recent days in the country, but there were no reports of further casualties on Monday.

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