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Azerbaijan’s helicopter involved in efforts to tackle forest fires in Georgia - UPDATED

A specially equipped Ka-32A helicopter of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations conducted an exploration flight in the fire-affected Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia on Aug. 22 at about 06:30am, the ministry told APA.

 

The helicopter has joined the fire-fighting efforts since 06:40am.

 

 

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10:31

 

Along with two Georgia’s helicopters, a helicopter of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations is involved in efforts to extinguish forest fires that broke out in Georgia on Aug. 20, an APA correspondent reported from Georgia.

 

Two helicopters from Turkey are expected to join the fire-fighting efforts today.

 

A special headquarters created in connection with the fires said that there is no need to evacuate people living near the disaster zone.

 

Nearly 250 firefighters are involved in extinguishing the fires. However, strong wind prevents the operations.

 

Upon the order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the Ministry of Emergency Situations sent a helicopter to Georgia on Aug. 21 to help extinguish forest fires that broke out in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

 

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