Wildfires in Turkey have left at least three dead and hospitalized at least 58 people this week.
One of the fires broke out Wednesday near the Mediterranean coastal resort town of Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was largely contained by Thursday, according to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli. Another fire started early Thursday, sweeping through the Akseki district about 30 miles north. The two fires killed at least three people, one of which was an 82-year-old man who died when fire consumed 80% of the homes in Akseki’s Kepezbeleni neighborhood.
Altogether authorities evacuated nearly 20 neighborhoods and villages due to the blazes.
Meanwhile more evacuations were taking place as yet another forest fire broke out near the village of Armutalan, near the Marmaris resort, about 200 miles west of Antalya, according to the Associated Press.
Photos show neighborhoods completely destroyed and smoke billowing from hillsides.
Reuters reported that nearly 60 wildfires broke out in Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts just this week. Firefighters continue to battle the blazes on Thursday, and 36 fires are currently contained.
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