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Greek hotels fear a burning future: 'Even the animals are moving away'

By Emma Bubola and Niki Kitsantonis

27 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Wildfires on the Greek island of Rhodes have led to thousands of tourists fleeing and locals fearing for their livelihoods. The fires have damaged buildings and the environment, and killed at least two people.

As thousands of tourists have fled the flames devouring the Greek island of Rhodes, locals were left with scorched land, and the ashes of the cypresses, olive trees and pines surrounding their empty bars, shops and hotels.

Many fear their livelihoods have been shattered for now and perhaps for the future, if the visitors, a core source of income for the island, do not return.

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