Thousands of Tourists Flee Rhodes Wildfires in Greece’s Largest-Ever Evacuation
Rhodes, Greece – Thousands of tourists have fled wildfires on the Greek island of Rhodes, in the country’s largest-ever evacuation. The fires, which have been raging for several days, have destroyed homes and businesses, and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.
The fires began on Tuesday in the southern part of the island, and quickly spread to the north. The flames have been fanned by strong winds, and have made it difficult for firefighters to contain them.
The evacuations have been carried out by land and sea. Tourists have been taken to hotels, schools, and other safe areas. Some have also been evacuated to the nearby island of Kos.
The fires have caused widespread damage. Several homes and businesses have been destroyed, and power lines have been downed. The fires have also forced the closure of several roads and beaches.
The Greek government has declared a state of emergency on the island, and has called in reinforcements from the mainland. Firefighters from across Greece are working to contain the fires, and a plane from the European Union has also been sent to help.
The fires are the latest in a series of wildfires to hit Greece in recent years. The country has been experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat wave has made it difficult for firefighters to contain the fires, and has also led to a number of deaths.
The fires on Rhodes have caused widespread disruption, and have forced thousands of people to flee their homes. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but the fires are a reminder of the dangers of wildfires, and the importance of fire prevention.
What happens next?
It is unclear what will happen next to the wildfires on Rhodes. The fires are still burning, and it is possible that they could spread to other parts of the island. The Greek government has said that it will continue to provide assistance to those affected by the fires, and that it will work to rebuild the areas that have been damaged.
The fires on Rhodes are a reminder of the dangers of wildfires, and the importance of fire prevention. The Greek government has said that it will review its fire prevention measures in light of the fires, and that it will work to make sure that the country is better prepared for future wildfires.