Pakistanis #PrayForTurkey as fire engulfs several forests, villages
Pakistanis have started praying for people of Turkey with the hashtag #PrayForTurkey as fire engulfed several dozens forests and villages there.
At least three people, including an 82-year-old man, have died due to the fire.
According to local Turkish media, forest fires occurred at 44 different points in 21 out of 81 provinces in 48 hours in Turkey. 23 of these fires have been brought under control, but fires in 21 different areas including in Muğla, Aydın, Antalya, Karaman, Kütahya, Mersin, Adana, Osmaniye and Kayseri still continue. The heaviest destruction in the ongoing fires occurred in the Manavgat district of Antalya.
The fire, which broke out in four different forest areas, progressed towards the residential areas in a short time. Manavgat Mayor Şükrü Sözen announced that at least seven neighborhoods in the district have become uninhabitable.
While the Health Disaster Coordination Center (SAKOM) states that three people have died in the Manavgat fire so far, 38 of the 158 people affected by the fire are being treated at hospitals.
It is stated that at least 650 hectares of forest area has been destroyed so far in the fire in Manavgat alone.
There are allegations of sabotage, investigation continues
Although allegations of sabotage have been voiced on social media, no official statement has been made yet.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said that the investigations about the causes of the fires were underway.
Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also wrote on his social media account, “Forest fires in different parts of our country burned our lungs. Comprehensive investigations are also launched into the cause of the fires. Those responsible will punished for this attack against our nature and forest as soon as possible.”
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chairman of the Republican People’s Party, also expressed his suspicion about sabotage.