Strong winds push Greece wildfires towards villages

Strong winds push Greece wildfires towards villages
Residents and officials have called for more help in tackling the fires. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Strong winds driving the flames of wildfires through the Greek island of Evia as the flames continue to rip more and more lands.

More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated from Evia, many of those by ferry.

In recent days, a number of wildfires have struck Greece. One wildfire in the northern suburb of Athens is said to have subsided.

The country is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years in which temperatures have spiked to 113F (45C)

Heatwaves like these ones are becoming more likely and more extreme because of human-induced climate change. The subsequent dry and hot weather is likely to fuel wildfires.

On the island of Evia, two flames have destroyed thousands of hectares of land, along with a number of businesses and houses.

Images from Evia on Sunday show more people being evacuated from there, including elderly people who were pictured being carried onto ferries.

With no sign of the fire subsiding, officials and residents are calling for more help.

“It’s already too late, the area has been destroyed,” Giannis Kontzias, mayor of the municipality of Istiaia in the northern part of Evia told local news.

He appealed for more help from water-bombing helicopters and planes.

But Nikos Hardalias, Civil Protection Chief, said water-bombing planes faced a number of difficulties, including poor visibility caused by the fires.

A number of countries have responded to Greece’s call for help including the UK, Germany and France.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Sunday, expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” to countries that had sent assistance.

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