Dozens Hurt In Turkish Forest Fire Near Resort
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Thu 29th July 2021 | 02:10 AM
Ankara, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jul, 2021 ) :Dozens of people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and several for burns as a forest fire ravaged several communities near a Mediterranean tourist resort in the south of Turkey on Wednesday, media reported.
Hundreds of forestry workers, aided by helicopters and a plane, tried to bring the fire under control.
Local officials said four districts of the town had been evacuated and the fire was partially under control.
"It's an unbelievably bad sight," Manavgat mayor Sukru Sozen told CNN Turk.
Thick plumes of black smoke shot up into the sky some 75 kilometres (45 miles) east of the Turkish resort city of Antalya.
Antalya mayor Muhittin Bocek said the fire posed no risk to the resort.
"Thankfully, we have had no losses of life," Bocek told NTV television. Flames appeared to have erupted at four locations at once, he added.
Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli confirmed that fires had started in four locations, but said it was premature to say what had caused the blaze.
Winds of up to 50 kilometres an hour (30 miles per hour) were fanning the flames, he added.