Two dead in forest fire in southern Turkey
Two people were burnt to death and more than 40 injured in a forest fire in southern Turkey on Tuesday, NTV television reported.
The blaze in the Mediterranean province of Mersin started around midday on Monday and forced the evacuation of a number of villagers in the region around Silifke, reported dpa.
In addition to destroying 400 hectares of forest, a large number of farm animals were killed in the fire.
Backed by water-dumping helicopters, around 500 fire-fighters continued working Tuesday morning to bring the blaze under control, a task made more difficult by high winds in the area, NTV reported.