Erdogan confirms control of 196 fires and harnessing all capabilities to fight fires in the country


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that 196 of the 208 fires that broke out recently in the forests of 44 Turkish states have been under control.

“The government has harnessed all its capabilities to fight forest fires,” Erdogan added in a press statement in Istanbul.

He explained that the firefighting teams are continuing their efforts to control 12 fires in Antalya, Mugla, Isparta, Aydin and Denizli.

Erdogan indicated that “the arrival of 5 helicopters from Ukraine capable of extinguishing at night, they will operate 24 hours.”

He said that the Turkish authorities intend to plant 250 million trees in the areas affected by the forest fires.

A few days ago, forest fires affected several states in southern and southwestern Turkey, including Antalya, Adana, Mugla, Mersin and Osmaniye, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously declared them “disaster areas.”

The death toll from those fires reached 6 deaths and dozens of injuries.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency