Nearly half of the forest fires corresponding to 48% in Türkiye were caused by negligence, carelessness, and accident, according to the country’s general directorate of forestry.
The directorate said 1,060 fires were recorded as of 31 July this year.
During the period, most forest fires broke out in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions of Türkiye. Izmir was the most affected city by these fires in the region.
This year, 25,000 personnel and more than 120,000 fire extinguishing volunteers took part in the efforts to curb forest fires.
As of July 29, 31,238 tons of water was thrown into the flames from 100 helicopters operating in the fire areas and 5,600 tons of water from 24 planes.
The directorate also said drought, forest fires, and floods are continuing to affect the whole world negatively.
Negative conditions triggered by climate change are expected to increase the effect even more in the coming years.
Breaking News Turkey with agencies