On July 30, two firefighting planes of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine flew to Turkey to extinguish forest fires that broke out on July 28 near Manavgat (Antalya Province) and spread to the provinces of Osmaniye, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Adana, Mersin and Muğla.
Currently, the total area of fires is over 1,500 hectares. As a result of fires 4 people died and 183 people were injured, 58 of them were hospitalized, more than 100 private houses and buildings were damaged. Rescue services have taken control of 36 forest fires, while firefighting continues at 20 fire spots.
To assist Turkish firefighters, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2020 between the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Turkey (AFAD) on cooperation in disaster prevention and response, Ukraine is sending two crews of An-32P firefighting aircraft with a support group. These are experienced professionals who already have experience of work in mountainous areas and have previously been involved in the elimination of massive fires in Montenegro, Israel and Georgia.
As of July 30, more than 4,000 people, 457 units of equipment, and 35 aircraft are involved in extinguishing the fires, which is complicated by strong winds and hot weather.