Three dead, ten stranded as forest fires rage in southern Turkey – .

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Three dead, ten stranded as forest fires rage in southern Turkey – .


Three people died in a massive wildfire in southern Turkey, where firefighters battled the massive blaze for a second day on Thursday.

Efforts to rescue 10 people stranded near the resort town of Antalya are continuing, the country’s disaster relief agency AFAD said.

More than 100 other people had to be evacuated, needed medical attention or suffered property damage as a result of the fire.

In countries in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond, firefighters battled out of control fires this week amid high temperatures, strong winds and severe droughts.

In Lebanon, a teenager died fighting a blaze on Wednesday, while a day earlier Greek authorities evacuated areas outside the capital as fires encroached on Athens. Hundreds of people were evacuated before the forest fires ravaging Sardinia, while Russian firefighters in Siberia have called for more help to tackle hundreds of smoldering fires in the vast Yakutia region.

Turkey’s agriculture minister Bekir Pakdemirli said about 400 firefighters, a plane and 19 helicopters had been sent to the town of Manavgat and surrounding areas to fight the fires.

Mr Pakdemirli said that an 82-year-old man was found dead during the evacuation of Kepezbeleni district, ten miles northeast of Manavgat, and ten people were stranded at the nearby Oymapinar roadblock.

Relief units were on their way to those stranded, he said, while several people were injured.

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