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Thousands Evacuated, Flights Cancelled Amid Greece’s Rhode Island Wildfire


Thousands of Tourists and locals on the Greek island of Rhodes were evacuated from coastal villages’ resorts on Sunday due to a wildfire, and they were forced to shelter in schools and indoor stadiums.

The Rhodes flames, which have been raging for six days, have provoked the largest Greek evacuation effort in history.

“We had to evacuate an area of 30,000 people. Everything, thank God went smoothly. Everybody, especially tourists, followed what we ordered,” Konstantia Dimoglidou, Greek police spokeswoman, said.

“This is the biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece.”

“We have between 4,000 and 5,000 people now accommodated at different structures,” Thanasis Virinis, a vice mayor of Rhodes, told Mega television on Sunday, calling for donations of essentials such as mattresses and bedclothes.

A government spokesman told Reuters that 19,000 people, including 3,000 by boats, have been moved away from their houses and hotels. The police helped a lot of them. There haven’t been any reports of casualties.

According to state media, more than 250 firefighters were working to put out the flames with the help of 15 aircraft.