- Title: Turkey wildfire rips through Aegean coastal town of Marmaris
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: MARMARIS, TURKEY (AUGUST 2, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) VARIOUS DRONE FOOTAGE OF SMOKE BILLOWING OUT FROM BURNING TREES MARMARIS, TURKEY (AUGUST 2, 2021) (REUTERS) GENDARMERIE SOLDIER SPEAKING ON MOBILE / BLAZE RAGING IN THE BACKGROUND FLAMES AND SMOKE RISING TO SKY FIREFIGHTERS SPRAYING WATER VARIOUS OF HELICOPTERS FILLING BUCKETS WITH WATER VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS OF MARMARIS WAITING AT PARK AFTER EVACUATING THEIR HOMES RESIDENT OF MARMARIS, DAMLA TUSEN, SITTING AT PARK WITH HER FAMILY DAMLA'S CAT IN PORTABLE CAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) RESIDENT OF MARMARIS, DAMLA TUSEN, SAYING: "We came here because they said the blaze is spreading. We are a little annoyed actually. We are constantly evacuating our homes and returning over and over again. We want this to end as soon as possible." LIVESTOCK IN FRONT OF PARTIALLY BURNED HOUSE VARIOUS OF PARTIALLY BURNED HOUSE VARIOUS OF BEDSPRINGS AND METALS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) RESIDENT OF MARMARIS, MUSTAFA KILIC, SAYING: "We were panicked. (inaudible) We are happy to survive. 10 - 15 trees of mine are burned. My properties are damaged. The home I live is destroyed. There is nothing to do. All my possessions and my money is gone." SMOKE BILLOWING OUT FROM BURNING TREES HELICOPTER DROPPING WATER ON FLAMES TREES BURNING HELICOPTER DROPPING WATER ON TREES BURNING TREES WATER BEING RELEASED ON BURNING TREES
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 19:30
- Keywords: Turkey wildfires
- Location: MARMARIS, TURKEY
- City: MARMARIS, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Fires,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001EOL9JK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Huge flames engulfed trees on a hillside near the coastal resort of Marmaris on Monday (August 2) while drone footage revealed a grey landscape nearby where fires had left smouldering buildings and blackened tree trunks.
Firefighters using planes and helicopters, and locals with buckets of water, battled wildfires raging for a sixth day near southern resorts in drought-hit Turkey and the government faced fresh criticism of its handling of the disaster.
Seven fires were still burning on Monday, fanned by temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104Â°F), strong winds and low humidity, Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said.
The heatwave exacerbating the fires comes after months of exceptionally dry weather in Turkey's southwest, according to maps issued by meteorological authorities.
Data from the European Forest Fire Information Service showed there have been three times as many fires as usual this year, while the 136,000 hectares burnt were almost three times the area burnt on average in an entire year.
(Production: Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Bulent Usta)
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