Turkish Government and rescue teams used helicopters and water cannons to extinguish fires around a power plant in second week. It is like a deadly fires testing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s leadership.
More than 170 forest fires have burned Turkey’s southern coast and killed eight people. It broke out in the eastern Mediterranean resort of Antalya last Wednesday and then spread westward.
The fire destroyed the primeval forest and thousands of livestock.
Its location in the vicinity of Turkey’s main tourist destination. It has also dashed the government’s hopes of revitalizing its fragile tourism-oriented economy.
The European Union’s satellite surveillance bureau said a measure of fire intensity had “reached unprecedented levels across the entire data set since 2003”. The Turkish Government appeared shocked by the extent and severity of the blaze.
Media watchdog warned TV operators that they will be fined if they continue to show live footage of the fire or aerial photos of people screaming to flee for their lives.