Wildfires rage in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain

Wildfires rage in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain
Wildfires rage in Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain

At least eight people have died in wildfires that swept through southern Turkey, devastating coastal resorts and forcing tourists to flee.

Fires have been raging for six days as Turkey grapples with the worst fire crisis in a decade.

On Monday, Turkish authorities said more than 130 fires have been contained as the firefight continues.

Elsewhere, firefighters are trying to contain forest fires in Greece, Spain and Italy.

Italy's National Fire Service said it had to fight more than 1,500 outbreaks across the country on Sunday.

In the eastern city of Pescara, at least five people were injured after a fire forced hundreds of people to be evacuated from beach resorts and homes.

In Greece, five villages have been evacuated in the Peloponnese region, where temperatures as high as 45C are expected this week.

Strong winds and a sharp rise in air temperature in southern Europe contributed to the outbreak of devastating fires. Experts say climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of such fires.

The worst fires occurred along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts of Turkey, a major tourist region.

Dramatic videos were filmed over the weekend showing tourists being evacuated from beach resorts by boat and Turkish Coast Guard vessels participating in rescue missions.

Satellite photographs showed vast scorched forests after nearly 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) were burnt in flames.

Turkish media reported that air and helicopter firefighters resumed work on Monday in the southwestern cities of Marmaris and Koycegiz.

Resident Susan Dogan told the BBC that from her home in the village of Turunc, 20 km (12 miles) from Marmaris, she saw "smoke, flames and helicopters overhead."

The British émigré said that many residents had already left, and she packed up in case of evacuation.

Rescue boats have been alerted along the coastline of Marmaris to evacuate all comers if the fires spread and the city is cut off.

On Sunday, the European Union said it would send water planes to extinguish fires in the forests of Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked the EU for sending one plane from Croatia and two from Spain.

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticized for the lack of firefighting aircraft in the country.

Visiting the city of Manavgat over the weekend, Mr Erdogan said his government will do everything it can to help those affected.

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