Greece heatwave: Wildfires leave areas scorched in Rhodes
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A volunteer firefighter, 38, was killed in Athens by a falling electricity pole. Firefighters are struggling to put out 154 blazes that are raging across the country.
The worst fires are found in the northern parts of the capital, where residents are urged to flee their homes.
The island of Evia is also engulfed in flames as well as areas near the ancient Olympia – site of the first Olympic games.
“We are facing another, more difficult night,” government minister Nikos Hardalias told the BBC.
“Wildfires of unprecedented intensity and spread, all our forces are fighting the battle day and night to save lives, together with volunteers.”
A volunteer firefighter, 38, was killed in Athens by a falling electricity pole (Image: Getty)
The fire began on Tuesday, with flames burning around the highway linking Athens and northern Greece (Image: Getty)
The wildfires are intensified by the unpredictable winds blowing through the country.
Thousands of residents in and around Athens have been ordered to leave their homes as the wildfires rage on.
Konstantinos Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, was the second person to be killed in the inferno.
Reportedly, another 20 people have suffered injuries.
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Turkey has been battling unprecedented fires as tens of thousands of people are forced to evacuate (Image: Getty)
The worst fires are found in the northern parts of the capital (Image: Getty)
The coastguard has evacuated 650 people by boat from Evia island.
This is the fourth day the fires rage on following a week-long heatwave – the worst the country had seen in 30 years.
The fire began on Tuesday, with flames burning around the highway linking Athens and northern Greece.
“We are witnessing a catastrophe of historic proportions and climate change is the basic cause,” Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece’s main political opposition, told Reuters.
“We must support our frontline fighters and all who lost the efforts of a lifetime in a few minutes.”
Many neighbouring countries have been dealing with devastating wildfires as well.
Turkey has been battling unprecedented fires as tens of thousands of people are forced to evacuate.