Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a Greek island by tourist boats as wildfires rage.


Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a Greek island by tourist boats as wildfires rage.

As terrible flames rage across Greece, more than 600 people have been evacuated by boat from a popular tourist island.

While horrific fires continue to burn over a large forest on the island of Evia, the coastguard and tourist vessels have rescued 631 people from three beaches.

On Thursday evening, the emergency operation began on the second largest Greek island, which is located close Athens.

For the third day in a row, horrifying wildfires have raged across wide swaths of pine forest, dangerously close to the crowded beaches.

The fires reached heights of more than 131 feet, according to local mayor George Tsapourniotis (40m).

“The situation is out of control,” he said. The flames have reached a height of more than 40 meters.”

Throughout the evening, church bells rung across the island to warn residents of the danger.

In the region, 25 villages have already been evacuated.

Throughout the night, the piercing flames and heavy black smoke could be seen from the outskirts of Athens.

Temperatures in Greece have recently reached 40 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit), and high winds have aided the development of the fires.

It comes as devastating flames rage across broad swaths of neighboring Turkey.

At least nine persons have been transported to the hospital in Greece so far, with varied degrees of injury.

According to health officials, two volunteer firefighters are being treated for burns in Athens’ intensive care units.

Greece has been converted into a “powder keg,” according to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

On Thursday night, Mr Mitsotakis gave a televised message in which he urged people to listen to authorities and avoid unnecessary travel.

“We are dealing with unprecedented conditions, as a multi-day heatwave has turned the country into a powder keg,” he stated.

Mr Mitsotakis had previously visited an area in the western Peloponnese near the ancient Olympic Games site, where rescue services were battling to salvage one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites.

Earlier in the day, fire men were able to put out several of the fires near Athens with the help of waterbombing fixed-wing planes and helicopters.

The heat, however, reignited the fires, with flames crossing the highway connecting Athens to the north and threatening more densely populated neighborhoods.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of numerous inland districts north of Athens, as well as the relocation of a group of asylum seekers from the Malakasa migrant reception center.

The Civil Protection Authority is a government agency that deals with disasters. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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