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Rhodes: 19,000 rescued in Greek history's largest evacuation

Greece undertakes massive rescue operation during wildfires emergency

Charalambos Stylianou

Greece is currently facing a severe emergency due to widespread wildfires, prompting the country to initiate its most extensive rescue operation to date. The island of Rhodes, in particular, is grappling with uncontrollable blazes, forcing approximately 19,000 residents to evacuate their homes. However, there have been no reports of injuries so far.

In response to the escalating situation, authorities in Corfu and Evia, two other Greek islands, have issued evacuation orders to ensure the safety of their residents.

As part of the rescue efforts, EasyJet, a prominent airline, is making preparations for two repatriation flights from Rhodes to the United Kingdom later today, with another scheduled for tomorrow. Additionally, Jet2 has announced plans for four flights this evening to help affected individuals.

Meanwhile, on the island of Corfu, officials are attributing the fires to arson. Thankfully, most of the fires there are now under control, providing some relief to the local communities.

The dire situation in Greece has been exacerbated by a European heatwave that has created dry conditions, making it easier for fires to spread. Climate change has been identified as a contributing factor to the increasing intensity, duration, and frequency of heat waves, posing additional challenges for firefighting efforts.

As the wildfires continue to pose a threat to lives, homes, and ecosystems in Greece, the government and rescue agencies are working tirelessly to contain the blazes and ensure the safety and well-being of affected citizens.

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