Mass Evacuations From Rhodes Island, Greece, As Wildfires Burn

Greece, July 22nd, Reuters:

“A wildfire which has been raging on the Greek island of Rhodes for five days forced hundreds of people to flee affected villages and beaches on Saturday, authorities said.

Coastguard vessels and more than 30 private boats evacuated at least 2,000 people, including tourists, from beaches close to the areas of Kiotari and Lardos in the southeastern part of the island, coastguard spokesman Nikos Alexiou told Skai television.

Firefighters, backed by air water bombers and reinforcements by Slovakia, struggled with new outbreaks of the wildfire, which burned for a fifth day and was fanned by strong winds.”

At least 10,000 tourists on the island are also thought to be on the move away from the fires using roads on Rhodes.