A massive forest fire in Turkey’s Mediterranean district of Manavgat left several people injured and the country’s agriculture and forestry minister said late on July 28, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said.
Noting that most of the people who were injured due to the smoke were discharged from hospitals, Pakdemirli said that he met with the remaining five to six people who were hospitalized. “Unfortunately, wind conditions, low humidity and other factors are helping the fire to spread. There are all kinds of reasons for the fire right now,” the minister said. Pakdemirli said winds up to 50 kmph were fanning the flames and 53 people were affected by the smoke. An investigation has been started to ascertain the cause of the fire. TV footage showed firefighters pouring water from the burning buildings by helicopters, but the blaze was yet to be brought under control.
Hundreds of people have been safely evacuated from their homes due to the forest fire caused by strong winds. Manavgat Mayor Sukru Sojen said the fire had spread to residential areas, but there was nothing to worry about in tourist areas.