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5 Aug 2020

Belarus helps Turkey fight wildfires

Belarus helps Turkey fight wildfires
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MINSK, 5 August (BelTA) – Aviators of the Emergencies Ministry of Belarus continue monitoring the situation within the country and help Turkey fight wildfires, BelTA learned from the press service of the Emergencies Ministry.

“Since the start of the year, 271 flights have been carried out on various aircraft over the territory of Belarus to detect 163 fires. It is aviation monitoring that helps detect wildfires in ecosystems at an early stage, which contributes to their rapid elimination and minimizing the consequences of their occurrence. Two Mi-8 aircraft have already conducted 127 flights and 625 water discharges in Turkey. Their total flight time is 190.82 hours. Some 44 Turkish rescuers have been delivered to fire fighting sites. The Belarusian aviators will stay in Turkey until October,” the ministry said.

Belarusian rescuers have been helping other countries battle natural disasters for many years already. The Emergencies Ministry has sent aircraft to fight forest fires in Greece, Russia, Latvia, and Georgia and provided assistance to people affected by floods in Serbia.

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