An aerial photo shows destroyed houses in a village as wildfire continue to rage the forests near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Authorities evacuated homes in southern Turkey as a wildfire fanned by strong winds raged through a forest area near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat. District governor Mustafa Yigit said residents of four neighborhoods were moved out of the fire’s path as firefighters worked to control the blaze that broke out Wednesday. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire but authorities said nearby tourist resorts were not affected. (Suat Metin/IHA via AP)

Forest fires continued to rage across Turkey’s south and southwestern coastal resort towns, forcing evacuations of several villages and tourism facilities.

The blaze in the Manavgat district of the Mediterranean province of Antalya reached Sirtkoy village on Sunday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of residents, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We have been on high alert at night for not allowing the flames to threaten the residential homes. But the strong wind diverted the blaze toward our homes. We couldn’t do anything,” a village resident told the NTV broadcaster.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that seven people have been killed and 507 others affected by the fire in Manavgat, which erupted on July 27.

Meanwhile, many residents and tourists have been evacuated by Coast Guard boats and private yachts in Bodrum, an Aegean resort town of the Mugla province, after a fresh blaze that erupted in the Mazi neighbourhood.

Firefighters in Marmaris, another resort town of Mugla, have been battling the blaze still raging in the area.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the Turunc neighbourhood.

Some 111 fires that broke out in the past five days in Turkey had been contained by Sunday morning, according to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli. Six fires were still burning, he had added.

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