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Satellite images show devastation caused by deadly wildfires in Turkey

Written by on 30/07/2021

Satellite images have shown the devastation caused by deadly wildfires raging across southern Turkey.

Homes have been burned down and people have been forced to flee villages and beach resorts.

A firefighter extinguishes a forest fire near the town of Manavgat
Image: A firefighter extinguishes a forest fire near the town of Manavgat

At least four people have been killed, including an 82-year-old man and a married couple.

A volunteer firefighter who was taking drinking water to his colleagues was involved in a motorcycle crash and died in the fire.

More than 50 others have been taken to hospital.

The wildfires in Oymapinar in Turkey. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Image: The wildfires in Oymapinar in Turkey. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

Some of the wildfires broke out amid strong winds and scorching heat.

While dozens of fires have now been brought under control, firefighters are continuing to work in 14 locations across six provinces.

A satellite image shows the clouds generated by the wildfires in Turkey
Image: A satellite image shows the clouds generated by the wildfires in Turkey. Pic: European Union/Copernicus Sentinel-3 imagery, processed by DG DEFIS

Azerbaijan has announced that it is sending hundreds of emergency responders to help with the effort, alongside helicopters and specialist equipment.

Russia and Ukraine have also sent planes to help tackle the fires from the skies, with neighbouring Greece offering its assistance.

'Those responsible will have to account for the attacks against nature and forests,' a presidential aide says
Image: ‘Those responsible will have to account for the attacks against nature and forests,’ a presidential aide says

A senior aide of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “those responsible will have to account for the attacks against nature and forests”.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Marmaris has warned that he couldn’t rule out “sabotage” as being the cause of a fire at one resort.

Wildfires are common in Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean regions during the dry summer months, although some have previously been blamed on arson or outlawed Kurdish militants.

 Sky News

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