Greece: Homes left destroyed as fires continue to rage
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Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes across Greece as wildfires ravage the country. Overnight, residents and holidaymakers were evacuated in a dramatic rescue from Evia, a popular island destination. Panicked people were rushed onto ferries and fishing boats as wildfires closed in on the island’s shores.
More than 1,000 people were evacuated in the operation after a blaze had cut off escape.
At least 150 fires have been reported, as the country struggles to control the situation.
The country is also facing its worst heatwave in over three decades with temperatures soaring to 45C.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has deployed 21 of Britain’s top firefighters to Athens to help battle the wildfires raging in Greece.
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes across Greece (Image: GETTY)
More than 1,000 people were evacuated in the operation after a blaze had cut off escape (Image: GETTY)
The news comes as it was reported that a volunteer firefighter in Greece has lost his life tackling the blazes consuming the country.
It is understood that he was killed when a falling utility pole hit his head.
A further 20 people have been injured.
The 21 experienced British firefighters will depart soon and are expected to support Greek firefighters currently tackling the blazes.
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Home Secretary Priti Patel has deployed 21 of Britain’s top firefighters to Athens to help battle the wildfires raging in Greece (Image: GETTY)
A Home Office source said: “Priti was in Greece earlier this week and saw the devastating effect the fires are having.
“That’s why she is deploying these firefighters to help our international partners in their time of need.”
Extra firefighters and planes have also been sent in from France and the US.
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The sign of clouds of smoke and ash near Athens has meant some people there have also been urged to leave their homes in the Greek capital (Image: GETTY)
Choking black smoke is also coming from a fire raging in a national park near Athens.
The sign of clouds of smoke and ash near Athens has meant some people there have also been urged to leave their homes in the Greek capital.
Sotiris Danikas, a coastguard official on the island, told broadcaster ERT” “We’re talking about the apocalypse, I don’t know how to describe it,
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the fires showed “the reality of climate change”.
Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.
Additional reporting by David Maddox.