2,500 Tourists Evacuated from Greek Islands As Wildfires Rage On
Around 2,500 tourists were evacuated from the Greek island of Corfu due to wildfires. The fires have been spreading in the north of the island, but no buildings have been destroyed so far.
This evacuation follows a similar situation on the island of Rhodes, where 19,000 people were forced to leave due to wildfires.
Greece is experiencing extremely hot weather with temperatures over 40C. There have been fires burning for almost a week in some areas.
A national holiday was canceled due to the fires. Evacuation orders were issued for certain areas of Corfu, and residents were being evacuated by sea.
Greece is experiencing extremely hot weather with temperatures over 40C. There have been wildfires for almost a week in some areas, leading to the cancellation of a national holiday.
Evacuation orders have been issued for certain areas, including popular tourist destinations like Corfu and Rhodes.
Tourists have been stranded at airports waiting for repatriation flights, and some flights have been canceled. Ryanair is monitoring the situation and allowing customers to book earlier flights.
Evacuations have been ordered, and the old Athens-Patras national road has been closed. Tourists in Rhodes have also been evacuated, with thousands of people being moved by land and sea.
Some individuals have been treated for respiratory problems and injuries. Flights to Rhodes have been canceled, but arrangements have been made for passengers to depart. One British tourist described the situation as a “living nightmare.”
TUI has cancelled flights to Corfu due to a fire, while EasyJet is providing repatriation flights. The Greek government has issued warnings for other areas at risk of fires. Firefighters suspect arson as the cause of the blazes.