Fires and heat continue to rage in Greece

Fires and heat continue to rage in Greece

A policeman tries to put out the flames burning the village of Vatera, on the island of Lesvos, Greece.

Greece is battling three major forest fires in the north, south and east and fears further claims due to the heat wave that is sweeping the country.

On the island of Lesbos, the fire that broke out on Saturday, causing the evacuation of hundreds of tourists and residents of the seaside resort of Vatera, continued to rage according to firefighters.

At least four homes have been destroyed, according to the state channel ERT.

Since Saturday, Greece has been affected by a heat wave forecast to last ten days and temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius are expected in some areas, raising fears of more fires.

In the north of the country, firefighters, assisted by volunteers, continue to fight for the fourth consecutive day against a violent fire in the Dadia National Park, the largest Natura 2000 site in Greece, known for its colony of vultures.

Firefighters continue to battle blazes in Greece.

The fire, unusually difficult according to fire department spokesman Yiannis Artopoios, forced authorities to evacuate the village of Dadia on Saturday evening.

In the Peloponnese, the village of Chrysokelaria had to to be evacuated on Saturday evening due to a fire near Koroni that firefighters were trying to fight on Sunday.

Wednesday, a forest fire in mountains near Athens damaged homes and forced several hundred people to leave, a few kilometers from the coastal village of Mati, scene in 2018 of the worst disaster caused by a forest fire in Greece, which left 102 dead.

The increase in extreme weather events is a direct consequence of global warming according to scientists, with greenhouse gas emissions increasing in intensity, duration and frequency.

Last year, a wave of heat and The forest fires had destroyed 103,000 hectares and killed three people in Greece.

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