A violent fire broke out on Sunday afternoon, August 1, on the Greek island of Rhodes. This was reported by the TV channel CNN Greece…
The Rhodes fire broke out at noon on Sunday in a forested area near the Pantanassa area and spread quickly, constantly changing direction due to strong winds.
According to the channel, firefighters continue their work at night. The fire broke out between the villages of Soroni and Tolos. For preventive purposes, the inhabitants of the villages of Psinfos and Maritsa, in the direction of which the fire front was going, were evacuated.
It is noted that it was possible to prevent the spread of fire to the Valley of the Butterflies, a popular among tourists and the rarest nature reserve in Europe, which is located 26 km south-west of the city of Rhodes, the capital of the island of the same name.
As a result of the fire and actions to eliminate it, almost all of Rhodes was left without electricity and water for several hours. In the emergency zone, reinforced units of firefighters and volunteers remain, firefighting aviation, including the Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft, worked until late in the evening.
According to Deputy Minister of Citizens Protection Nikos Hardalias, over the past two days there have been more than a hundred forest fires in Greece.
“The last days have been difficult, with many fires. Today we had 60 fires, if you add 56 fires yesterday, then in just two days we had 116 fires. The biggest fire so far is in Rhodes, where the entire state machinery is fighting a battle with fire, ”he said.
On Sunday, the main fight against fire, in addition to Rhodes, took place in the Achaea region on the Peloponnese peninsula in the south of the country, in the town of Soufli (Evros region in the northeast – Ed.), Near the town of Agrinio (Aetolia and Acarnania region in the west – Ed.) and also near the city of Larissa in the central part of the country. At the same time, a strong forest fire that has raged since Saturday in the Ziria region in the Achaea region on the Greek Peloponnese peninsula has subsided.
Extremely hot weather has set in Greece in recent days. The temperature in many parts of the country reaches plus 44-47 degrees. The heat is expected to intensify in the coming days.
According to the portal Epoli, as of July 31, 56 forest fires broke out in western Greece, injuring at least five people. The settlements close to the fires were evacuated. In particular, about 100 residents and tourists were removed from the Longos resort. The Rion-Andirion bridge across the Gulf of Corinth has been closed due to fires.