Turkey expresses condolences to Australia over bushfires

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister offered Turkey's assistance in combat against wildfires in Australia.

Turkey expresses condolences to Australia over bushfires

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu called Australian Ambassador in Ankara Peter Doyle, and offered Turkey's assistance in combat against wildfires in Australia which have claimed more than 180 lives so far.

Eroglu expressed profound sorrow over loss of lives in the natural disaster, and extended condolences to those who lost their relatives in the wildfires.

He said that Turkey was willing to provide all kinds of assistance and equipment.

Doyle, on his part, thanked Turkey and said that the wildfires were taken under control partly.

The worst wildfires in Australia's history, which broke out on February 7, have claimed 181 lives in Victoria state so far. The official death toll stands at 181, but it is expected to rise steeply as the operation to recover bodies continues, Victoria state premier John Brumby said. On the other hand, about 500 people have been injured and nearly a thousand homes destroyed across 365,000 hectares of torched land.

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