Manila Bulletin

No survivors of Turkey fire-fighting plane crash as floods kill 55


ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey battled disaster on two fronts on Saturday with eight people dying when a firefighti­ng aircraft crashed and rescuers racing to find survivors of flash floods in the north that have killed at least 55.

Ankara and Moscow announced that all eight people on the Russian plane had perished on the fire-fighting mission.

The air tragedy came just as Turkey was gaining control of hundreds of wildfires that killed eight people and destroyed swathes of forest along the scenic southern coast.

Scientists believe such natural disasters are becoming more intense and frequent because of global warming caused by polluting emissions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolence­s to his Turkish counterpar­t Recep Tayyip Erodgan saying "the pain of this loss unites us."

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu added: "Condolence­s to our nation and to the Russian people. This heroic sacrifice will not be forgotten."

In Moscow, the defense ministry said five Russian servicemen and three Turkish citizens were on board the Russian Be-200 plane that went down around 1330 GMT.

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