ANTALYA: 112 mysterious forest-fires in Turkey – that continues in popular seaside destinations – have been contained by firefighters.
Turkish Minister of Forestry and Agriculture Bekir Pakdemirli took to the Twitter on Sunday 1st day of August to inform that 107 fires were under control, while five fires were continuing in the tourist destinations of Antalya and Mugla.
According to Turkish Forest Minister Pakdemirli the incendies commenced in thirty-two provinces from Wednesday 28th of July, 2021 onward. Till Sunday 1st day of August the fires had consumed 8 human lives (seven in Antalya, one in Marmaris) and injured hundreds of people. Police water cannons are also being used alongside fire brigade trucks and helicopters to contain the fire. Panicked tourists were evacuated from hotels on Saturday 31st of July. Incidentally, while fires duly contained earlier, reignited, due to strong winds firefighting further became difficult.
Prime Minister Imran Khan taking to the Twitter on Friday 30th of July, stated: “We stand with the govt & people of Turkey & share in their sorrow at the tragic loss of life in the wildfires tragedy. Pakistan stands ready to offer any help that the Turkish govt & people may need at this difficult time.”
Turkish Envoy here H. E. Mustafa Yurdakul thanked the PM by means of Twitter: “Thank you for your solidarity Wazir-e-Azam Imran Khan.”
“On behalf of the people of Turkey , it is my obligation to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation for the overwhelming & heart-warming messages & sentiments of brotherly people of Pakistan,” H. E. wrote.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held: “Pakistan shares our condolences and support to the government of Turkey and to our Turkish brothers and sisters over the loss of lives and property as a result of deadly forest fires.”
Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif wrote: “Saddened by the sight of wildfires blazing across 6 Turkish provinces to east of Antalya leading to loss of precious lives, destruction of agricultural lands & livestock. We send our prayers & best wishes 2 our Turkish brothers & sisters as firefighters r busy putting down fire.”
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