Huge wildfire kills 11 people in southeastern Turkiye

Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

CINAR, Turkiye: A huge wildfire killed 11 people and critically injured five as it ripped through Turkiye´s mainly Kurdish southeast overnight, the health minister said on Friday.

Hundreds of animals also perished or were badly injured in the blaze that roared across the dry landscape, sending flames into the night sky. By morning the fire had left huge areas of charred and blackened land across the Diyarbakir and Mardin provinces. “Eleven people lost their lives,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on X, adding that another 78 people suffered injuries and smoke inhalation.