DEADLY wildfires rage in Turkey leaving destruction and chaos in their trail.
But where are they and why are they happening?
What’s happening in Turkey?
A severe heatwave has blasted southern Europe – with temperatures rising above 40C.
More than 330 people have received medical treatment as the flames were worsened by strong winds.
Roads have also been cut off by flames as residents have had to be either airlifted to safety or picked up by boat from the beaches.
Investigators are trying to establish whether some of the fires were started deliberately, amid reports that one suspected arsonist has been detained.
One fire in the coastal town Marmaris was caused by children, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
And while Turkish authorities investigate whether fires were started as an act of “sabotage”, experts mostly point to the climate crisis, as seen by the drastic increases in temperatures along with accidents caused by people.
Where are the fires in Turkey?
- June 26 and 27 – Fires in Kaş, Tarsus and Marmaris began when the maximum temperature for 60 years occurred in Cizre at over 49C
- July 28 – Alarm raised after major fires begin in Manavgat
- July 29 – Three people die in wild fires in Manavgat, dozens of villages and hotels were evacuated, 60 fires across country break out, 17 ravage the countryside uncontrolled
- July 30 – Fifty-seven out of 71 fires now under control, more than 2000 farm animals and dead 4,000 firefighters deployed
- August 1 – Seven people died in Antalya and one in Marmaris, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. Fires continue to rage uncontrolled in Mugla and Antalya, others now being managed