The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey's Mediterranean towns rose to eight Saturday after two forest workers were killed, the country's health minister said. Fires across Turkey since Wednesday have burned down forests, encroaching on villages and tourist destinations and forcing people to evacuate.
A number of wildfires are still blazing in Turkey but more than 100 have been brought under control, according to officials Sunday.
The Minister of Forestry and Agriculture, Bekir Pakdemirli, tweeted that five fires were continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla but that 107 others had now been subdued.
Ninety-eight of 107 forest fires in Turkey are under control, the nation's Agriculture and Forestry Minister said late on July 31.
Efforts to contain nine blazes are still ongoing, Bekir Pakdemirli said during a news conference at a fire management center in the Depirmenyanı district of southwestern Muğla province.
Massive fires broke out in forestlands across Turkey as temperature rises above the seasonal normal.
Amid a sweltering heatwave in Turkey, forest fires in the country's western and southern coasts have been ongoing over the past two days, with hundreds of hectares of forest land already burnt to ashes.
Turkey has taken all necessary measures related to the drought and there will be no problem in the future, the country's agriculture and forestry minister said on June 29.
Touching on supply problems during the coronavirus pandemic globally, Bekir Pakdemirli said Turkey has never seen this type of problem thanks to its measures.