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A heat wave across southern Europe, fed by hot air from North Africa, has triggered deadly blazes across the Mediterranean.
Wildfires are raging near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya and Mugla and in the surrounding countryside with the death toll having risen to eight on Sunday.
Blazes have also affected the Italian island of Sicily and western Greece, where some residents had to be evacuated by boat to escape the flames.
On Sunday, 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.
Meanwhile, in Turkey's eastern Van province, floods over the weekend destroyed at least six houses after a small river overflowed amid heavy rains.
Turkey experiences ‘hell’ with fires
Wildfires raging in Turkey for a fifth day have pushed the death toll to eight.
Residents and tourists in Antalya and Mugla fled the danger in small boats while the coast guard and two navy ships waited out at sea in case a bigger evacuation was needed.
Farmer Nurten Almaz said she lost everything. “I feel so much pain, like I lost a child,” she said. The 63-year-old woman 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.
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, firetrucks 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 that people experienced “hell” near Cokertme and Mazi as they drove away from the fire. He said the blaze could not be stopped and hoped to protect residential areas but said it was too late for the trees.
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of wildfires affecting parts of southern Europe.
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