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Turkish emergency forces battle wildfires for third consecutive day

Turkish emergency forces are battling massive forest fires in the country for the third consecutive day.

Istanbul, 31 July 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Turkish emergency forces are battling massive forest fires in the country for the third consecutive day.

Ten fires are still active, including three in the popular holiday region of Antalya, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said on Twitter on Saturday.

Of the 98 fires that have broken out in numerous provinces since Wednesday, 88 are under control.

The fires were particularly serious on the Turkish Mediterranean coast and strong winds hampered the fire-fighting efforts. Many regions and hotels were evacuated and tourists were brought to safety by boats.

The fires have claimed four lives so far.

The cause is still unclear. Turkish authorities are investigating all possibilities and do not rule out arson.

On the Turkish Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, intense heat of more than 40 degrees Celsius is expected for the next few days.

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