Five Dead, Dozens Injured as Wildfires Ravage Southeastern Turkey

Five Dead, Dozens Injured as Wildfires Ravage Southeastern Turkey

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least five people have been killed and dozens injured as wildfires swept through several villages in southeastern Turkey, officials said on Friday.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported the deaths from the overnight blaze between the cities of Diyarbakir and Mardin.

Forty-four people were injured, 10 of them seriously, he said on X.

The fire started with the burning of crop stubble.

Fanned by winds, it quickly moved through the villages of Koksalan, Yazcicegi, and Bagacik.

Images posted on social media showed a massive blaze lighting up the night sky, with vast clouds of smoke billowing into the air.

Four emergency teams and 35 ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

By Friday, firefighters had managed to bring the blaze under control, according to Diyarbakir Governor Ali Ihsan Su.

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said the fire started late on Thursday in an area 30km (18 miles) south of Diyarbakir and quickly spread due to strong winds, affecting five villages.

Meanwhile, across the country in northwestern Turkey, firefighters were battling to contain a wildfire near the town of Ayvacik in Canakkale province, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

No one was hurt, but authorities evacuated the small village of Camkoy as a precaution, the agency reported.

It was one of several wildfires that have erupted in the province of Canakkale in the past week amid high winds and scorching summer temperatures.


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