Published On: Sun, Aug 1st, 2021
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Tourists Flee as Wildfires Threaten Turkish Beach Resortson August 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

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ISTANBUL, Turkey—Wildfires raged Sunday near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya and Mugla as the discovery of more bodies caused the death toll to rise to eight. Residents and tourists 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. Authorities warned tourists and residents to keep evacuating Turunc, a town in the seaside resort of Marmaris in Mugla province. Fires enveloped the area and strong winds made firefighting efforts more difficult. A helicopter attempted to extinguish the blazes, which were unreachable by land. As residents of villages around Marmaris pleaded for more help on social media, people boarded small boats carrying suitcases. Others waited anxiously to see if the fire would come down to the shore. Turkish news agency DHA said the bodies of a Turkish-German couple were found in their burned home in …

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