President Erdoğan receives information about wildfire in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

President Erdoğan receives information about wildfire in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

After conducting examinations in the region with TRNC President Ersin Tatar and TRNC Prime Minister Ünal Üstel, Vice President Fuat Oktay informed President Erdoğan about the wildfire by phone.

Stating that the wildfire damaged 12,800 acres of land, Oktay informed that the wildfire, which concentrated on the peaks of the Beşparmak Mountains, was taken under control in some places.

Oktay said, "There is an aerial intervention involving four aircraft and four helicopters. Two of the aircraft came from Türkiye; one of the helicopters is also ours, the other two planes are from the Greek Cypriot Administration, so as the other helicopters. We hope that if we continue like this, we will have the situation under control before the nightfall."

Stating that 300 firefighters were battling the blaze in the field and that all facilities were mobilized with water tenders, water tanks, and construction equipment, Oktay said, "The situation here is getting better. Inshallah, if nothing changes by the evening, we will receive the good news that the situation is under control".  

President Erdoğan stated, "The humid air in Northern Cyprus is actually pretty favourable; therefore, it is, of course, advantageous to be humid. Inshallah, we will overcome the issue tonight or tomorrow. After that, we will always be on the alert for the occurrence again."

Stating that the fire poses no threat to the residential areas at the moment, Oktay said, "There is a village here in the Ardahan region, the blaze was close to it as of the evening, but luckily, that risk has been eliminated".

President of the TRNC Ersin Tatar stated that they are working in great coordination with the support from Türkiye and extended his gratitude to President Erdoğan.

President Erdoğan said: "With greetings and affection to all our generals, ​​our soldiers, as well as the security staff of Northern Cyprus. It looks like we will overcome this issue tomorrow at the latest, inshallah."