Latest World News: More than 19,000 evacuated as wildfires continue to rage in Greece
Wildfires continued to rage on the Greek island of Rhodes, forcing more evacuations as the firefighting front was reinforced by land and air.
As a precaution, a total of 19,000 people were evacuated from the burned areas on Sunday evening, making it the largest evacuation operation ever carried out during a fire in Greece, Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying.
Authorities and volunteers on the ground provided safe shelter for evacuees in gymnasiums, conference centers, schools and public places, as well as food, water and medical assistance.
At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs activated the Crisis Management Unit to facilitate the evacuation of foreign citizens in Greece due to the ongoing forest fires and a help desk was set up at the island’s airport to help with the embassies concerned.
Greek authorities have placed the southern part of the island in a state of emergency as firefighters battle wildfires on three fronts in the south, center and north of the island for the sixth consecutive day.
The forest fire broke out on July 18.
A total of 266 firefighters with 49 tankers and 16 ground crews were operating against the blaze, assisted by five sprinkler helicopters and 10 aircraft, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.
Greece is experiencing its worst heat wave in decades with temperatures reaching up to 45 degrees Celsius. Extremely high temperatures, combined with humidity levels, increase the risk of fires starting and spreading.
According to the fire forecast map released by the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, there is a very high fire risk (risk category 5 and 4) for many places across the country on Monday, including Attica, Euboea, the North and South Aegean islands and Crete.
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