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Wildfires ravage Greek island of Rhodes, forcing 19,000 to flee

By Jennifer Hassan

23 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

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  1. Wildfires on the Greek island of Rhodes have led to the evacuation of 19,000 tourists and residents, the largest preventive fire evacuation in the country's history. The fires are being fueled by a heatwave across southern Europe, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires raging across the popular Greek vacation island of Rhodes prompted authorities to evacuate 19,000 tourists and residents from danger zones, in what officials described as the largest ever preventive fire evacuation in the country's history.

At least 164 fires burned in 58 places on the island in the past 24 hours, Greece's fire service said Sunday, as residents were forced to leave their homes and summer vacations morphed into chaotic nightmares. No casualties had been reported, according to officials at the country's Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection.

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