August 5, 2021
By Umit Bektas and Mehmet Emin Caliskan
MILAS (Reuters) -Flames that threatened a coal-fired energy station in Turkey’s fire-ravaged southwest have been extinguished, native authorities mentioned on Thursday after employees and residents have been evacuated in a single day by ship when hearth broke out within the plant’s grounds.
Firefighters continued to battle blazes which President Tayyip Erdogan has described because the worst Turkey has suffered, devastating tens of hundreds of hectares of forest and forcing hundreds of Turks and vacationers to flee.
Eight folks have died because the fires first broke out final week and environmentalists had warned of recent hazard because the flames encroached on the ability plant.
“The fireplace in thermal energy plant yard has been put out. There have been no explosions within the plant and no chemical substances have been unfold,” the western coastal municipality of Mugla mentioned in an announcement.
Erdogan’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, mentioned earlier that the blaze had not broken the principle items of the Kemerkoy energy plant.
Plumes of smoke rose above the bushes and helicopters poured water over areas close to the plant.
Greater than 150 fires have damaged out within the final 9 days throughout southwestern Turkey, fanned by excessive temperatures and robust, dry winds which have additionally unfold wildfires in different Mediterranean international locations.
In Greece, authorities ordered evacuations on an island close to Athens and battled a blaze close to the positioning of the traditional Olympic Video games within the western Peloponnese as wildfires raged for a 3rd day.
(Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Enhancing by Dominic Evans and Giles Elgood)