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Death toll rises to eight as wildfires continue to burn across Turkey, Greece and Italy - ABC News

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey's southern coast has risen to eight as firefighters battled for a fifth day to contain blazes still raging in coastal resort towns.

Two more people died on Sunday due to wildfires in the southern town of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 10 others were receiving treatment in hospital in the area.

Most of more than 100 blazes that erupted in Turkey in the past five days have been contained, authorities said, while eight continued. 

Fires were still blazing in the resort city Antalya's Manavgat and Marmaris districts and the inland town of Milas, prompting the evacuation of some residential areas and hotels.

High temperatures and strong winds were making matters worse. Antalya registered 42 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Farmer Nurten Almaz, from Mugla province's Mazikoy, said she lost everything.

"I feel so much pain, like I lost a child," she said.

The 63-year-old said she lost her animals and her home as well as "one century of people's labour".

She called for the death penalty for people who may have caused the fire.

A man runs down the street fleeing a fire with firetruck seen behind him and an orange, smoke-filled skyline.. ne
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. (

AP

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Residents had to flee nearby Cokertme village as flames neared. Some got on boats and others left by cars as the fire got closer and closer.

In one video, trucks and cars were rushing to escape fire raging on all sides.

After nightfall, the village looked apocalyptic from a distance, with flames taking over the dark hills.

Bodrum mayor Ahmet Aras said on Sunday evening that people experienced "hell" near Cokertme and Mazi as they drove away from the fire.

He said the blaze could not be stopped and he hoped they could protect residential areas but said it was too late for the trees.

The area was engulfed by Sunday night, Turkish broadcasters said. Reporters said they had to get hurry to safety as the fire intensified with strong winds.

An aerial photo shows wildfires in Kacarlar village near the Mediterranean coastal town of Manavgat, Turkey
Fires burning for five days across Turkey have destroyed forests and encroached on villages and tourist destinations.(

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Since Wednesday, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Locals as well as support teams from Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Azerbaijan were deployed to help firefighters.

The European Commission said it had helped mobilise three fire-fighting planes on Sunday, one from Croatia and two from Spain, after Turkey activated a disaster response scheme to request help from European countries.

While Turkish authorities said they are investigating whether the fires may have started as "sabotage" by outlawed Kurdish militants, experts mostly point to climate change along with accidents caused by people.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said one of the fires was started by children.

Extreme heat fuels wildfires in Italy and Greece

A heatwave across southern Europe, fed by hot air from North Africa, has led to wildfires across the Mediterranean, including on the Italian island of Sicily and in western Greece, where some residents had to be evacuated by boat to escape the flames.

Firefighters in Greece were trying to contain a wildfire burning in the west of the country that destroyed houses and left 15 people in hospital with breathing problems.

A helicopter fills up with water from the sea near Lampiri village, east of Patras city, Greece.
A helicopter fills up with water from the sea near Lampiri village to fight blazes in Greece. (

AP: Andreas Alexopoulos

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Temperatures have been high in much of the country in recent days and are expected to reach 44C on Monday and Tuesday.

On Sunday afternoon, bathers on an Italian beach south of the Adriatic city of Pescara fled when they spotted towering clouds of smoke and flames from a fire in a nearby pine forest, the Italian news agency LaPresse reported.

Several people were reportedly injured when they tried to put out wind-whipped flames that had reached their homes.

Local officials told state TV that an aged-care home in Pescara had to be evacuated.

Meanwhile, in Turkey's eastern Van province, floods over the weekend destroyed at least six houses after a small river overflowed amid heavy rains.

Villagers were ordered to leave their homes and climb to higher locations.

Reuters/AP

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