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Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said one person died and ten people were trapped in a forest fire that was blazing for the second day in southern Turkey on Thursday, while rescue and extinguishing attempts continued.

Hot temperatures and high winds aided the development of the fire in the town of Manavgat, 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of Antalya, and adjacent towns.

Pakdemirli said an 82-year-old man was found dead during the evacuation of the district of Kepezbeleni, 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Manavgat, and 10 people were stranded at the nearby Oymapinar dam, he said. Units were en route to rescue the people, Pakdermirli said.

Authorities evacuated 18 villages and districts in Antalya while 16 more villages were evacuated in the neighbouring provinces of Adana and Mersin, he added.

Television footage showed burnt residential buildings and people fleeing across fields as firefighters backed by helicopters battled to extinguish the fires.

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