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After an unprecedented evacuation, the island of Rhodes is still in flames

After an unprecedented evacuation, the island of Rhodes is still in flames

Around 30,000 people, including 19,000 in hotels, have been evacuated as a precaution on the Mediterranean island, which is particularly popular with British, German and French holidaymakers.


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The village of Kyotari after a fire on the Greek island of Rhodes on July 23, 2023.  (DAMIANIDIS ELEFTHERIOS / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

On Sunday, July 23, a fire still burning for the sixth consecutive day in the Dodecanese archipelago, southeast of the island of Rhodes, where 30,000 people have been evacuated. “Great Activity” You type “Never Done in Greece”. Hundreds of tourists are waiting at Rhodes International Airport, looking for a flight home, while several airlines, such as the world’s number one tourism company TUI, have grounded flights to the island.

More than 250 firefighters with fifty trucks, ten Canadians and eight helicopters continue to battle the blaze. In all, twelve sites were abandoned, including Lindos, whose acropolis was located on a hill. During the night, the flames reached the village of Lerma and spread to the coastal villages of Kiotari and Genadi Lardos.

Many places in Greece recorded temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius on Sunday. In the center of the country and the Peloponnese peninsula, temperatures between 45°C and 46.4°C were recorded in the afternoon, the National Observatory in Athens said. After a very relative respite on Monday, with a high of 38 degrees Celsius, a fresh heat wave is expected from Tuesday and will last till at least Friday, according to meteorologists. According to experts pointing to the impact of global warming, July will become the hottest month on record on Earth.

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