The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey has risen to six after two forest workers were killed, the country’s health minister said.
Fires raging in southern Turkey since Wednesday have burned forests and some settlements, invading towns and tourist destinations and forcing thousands of people to flee.
A new fire broke out in the popular resort of Bodrum on the Aegean coast on Saturday and some neighborhoods and hotels were evacuated, according to broadcasters.
Wildfires are common in southern Turkey in the summer, but authorities say the latest fires have covered a much larger area.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says 400 people affected by the fires in Manavgat have been treated and released to hospitals, while 10 others are still being admitted to hospital. In Marmaris, 159 people were treated in hospital and one person is still undergoing treatment for burns.
Most fires are now under control, but fires have continued in the southern coastal provinces of Antalya and Mersin, the western coastal province of Mugla and the central province of Usak.
Turkish meteorological authorities say that forecasts indicate heat waves along the coastal regions of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The temperature is expected to reach 43 to 47 Celsius (109.4 – 116.6 F) in Antalya next week.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on a visit to Manavgat on Saturday that all damaged homes would be rebuilt and losses compensated, adding that Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Iran had sent firefighting planes and support teams to the affected areas.