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US News fires in Turkey: a threatened thermal power plant, the evacuations continue

17:50  03 august  2021
17:50  03 august  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Incendies en Turquie: une centrale thermique menacée, les évacuations continuent © AFP

the fires that have been raging for a week in Turkey approach Tuesday from a thermal power station to Milas, in the south of the country, then thousands People continue to be evacuated in the face of the progress of the fires that have made eight dead.

"If we can not stop the fire through an air intervention (...), he will head to the thermal power station. The situation is very serious," Alarmed Monday night the Mayor of Milas (South) Muhammet Tokat In a video he shared on Twitter.

Tuesday morning, the fire was still not controlled and exceeded, according to Mr. Tokat, "the critical point".

Turkey has been the worst fire for at least a decade, which ravage forests and agricultural land, as well as inhabited areas on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts.

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A team of AFP in the Aegean city of Marmaris saw farmers release their animals from their stables on fire and move them to a beach to put them safe.

Tourists and frightened villagers have been evacuated by boat while the winds and the heat propagated the flames.

Temperatures above 40 degrees in several cities in Turkey have also provoked a record increase in electricity consumption, giving rise to power outages on Monday in large cities like Ankara and Istanbul.

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video: Turkey continues to fight against fires (AFP)

Your Browser does not support this video on the 145 fires who declared themselves in one week across the country, Nine are still active.

The European Union sent three bomber aircraft, two from Spain and one of Croatia, to help Turkey fight fire.

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Before the announcement of EU aid, Turkey had borrowed aircraft from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Iran.

But the country is cruelly feeling the consequences of the gradual disappearance of its own fleet of Canadairs in recent years.

The main opposition party, the CHP (Republican Party of the People, Social Democrat), criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for dismantling the infrastructure of a semi-public organization that held in the past of bombers. which was in charge of firefighting.

"I'm going to cry rage," Tweeted Tuesday Mr. Tokat who had asked during his many television interventions that a bombardier plane was directed to Milas, in vain.

ELU of the CHP, Mr. Tokat is part of a growing number of critical votes of Mr. Erdogan because of his management of the crisis.

Erdogan Criticized

The President also sparked the anger of many Turks on social networks for having thrown tea bags to confused inhabitants as he visited the affected city of Marmaris with a strong police escort last weekend.

Faced with the growing voices on the government's social networks Insufficient intervention, the head of the communications of the Turkish Presidency Fahitetin Alta warned against "false news" that would be designed to give the impression of a "weak" Turkey. "

The Ministers of Defense and the Interior stated that they also mobilized their strength to help the more than 5,000 firefighters fighting claims.

Police water guns, normally used to disperse the demonstrations, were also deployed on the fire zones, Turkish police announced.

03/08/2021 12:48:34 - Marmaris (Turkey) (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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