Plenkovic Recalls Turkish Post-Earthquake Help as Croatian Canadair Sent

By 3 August 2021

August the 3rd, 2021 - As wildfires rage across tourist destinations in Turkey and tourists are placed on boats to be taken away from immediate danger, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic recalls the help Turkey readily offered to Croatia following the devastating earthquake which struck Central Croatia at the end of last year and sends a Croatian canadair to help.

The Turkish wildfires are horrifying to watch as they engulf the coastline and create a scene all too familiar for many people who have experienced the same on a lesser scale multiple times in Dalmatia over the summers. As heatwaves become more and more frequent, it seems such horrendous scenes will also become more normal viewing, and as Turkey also tried to save its tourist season, saving lives from the enormous flames has taken priority.

As Morski writes, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday that the Republic of Croatia was ready to help Turkey fight catastrophic fires in the country in any way possible, in which eight people have tragically lost their lives so far.

"We'd like to express our condolences to the families of the victims, the Turkish people and President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan because of the catastrophic fires in the country," Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic wrote on Twitter.

He added that the Croatian government had ''decided to help Turkey by sending a Croatian canadair" through the European Coordination Centre for Emergency Response's special system. (ERCC).

The number of people killed in the devastating fires raging along Turkey's otherwise wildly popular southern coast rose to eight on Sunday as Turkish firefighters battled for the fifth day to contain the growing blaze, which continues to threaten resorts and the country's tourism as tourists are moved out of the areas concerned onto boats.

The Prime Minister added that Croatia appreciates the assistance sent to the country by Turkey after the earthquake back at the very end of December 2020 in the area of Petrinja, Glina and Sisak.

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