Residents of Evia Island, Greece, have been forced to leave due to wildfires.

9th Aug,2021

Residents of Evia Island, Greece, have been forced to leave due to wildfires.




Wildfires are still raging over the Greek island of Evia, forcing locals to evacuate to the sea for protection. Over 2,000 people have been evacuated thus far, with elderly pensioners being carried onto vessels. Local officials claim that not enough assistance was provided to combat the fires, and that areas of the island have already been destroyed. Greece is witnessing its worst heat wave in 30 years, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113F).
In recent days, a number of wildfires have raged around the country. A fire in Athens' northern suburbs is claimed to have died out.
Because of human-caused climate change, heatwaves like this are growing more common and more severe. Wildfires are expected to be fueled by the hot, dry weather that follows.
Two fire fronts have ravaged Evia, a major island to the north and east of Athens, destroying thousands of hectares of land as well as a number of homes and businesses. Firefighters have been battling blazes in a number of settlements across the island. More individuals were evacuated on Sunday, according to images, including elderly people who were seen being carried onto ships.
Residents and officials are pleading for extra assistance as the fire shows no signs of abating. "It's now too late," Giannis Kontzias, mayor of Istiaia in northern Evia, told local news, "the land has been ruined." He pleaded for greater assistance from water-bombing planes and helicopters.