Wild fire in Olympics birth place
Impact of climate change
Greece : Massive wildfires have broken out in the last 24 hours with the largest fronts in Evia – Greece’s second largest island – and areas in the Peloponnese including Arkadia and Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes in parts of Greece and more than 1,000 fire-fighters have been deployed to bring the flames under control.
The country is experiencing its worst heat wave in more than 30 years.
Authorities have warned that the risk of further fires remains high in many regions including Athens and Crete.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the government’s priority has been “first and foremost , to protect human lives”.
In the last 10 days, more than 56,000 hectares (140,000 acres) have been burnt in Greece, according to the European Forest Fire Information System.
In Evia, more than 2,000 people have been evacuated via ferry. Ten ships are waiting at Pefki, in the north of the island, ready to evacuate more people if needed, a Coast Guard spokesperson told AP news agency.