- Forest fire near Greek capital Athens
- people leaving the capital
Greece, a southeastern European country, is in the grip of an unprecedented heat wave. The area is surrounded by sugarcane as the fire spread north of the capital Athens.
Forest fire The spread is accelerating as a precautionary measure Athens Power has been cut in the area and people are being shifted to safer places.
The country’s Disaster Relief Department and the army are continuing their efforts to control the fire. Efforts are being made to douse the fire by pumping water from the sky with aircraft and helicopters.
Wildlife in the forest is increasing for the second week in a row. Wildfires have also been reported in southern Europe, Turkey and Albania due to heat waves. A state of emergency has been declared in North Macedonia due to wildfires for the next 30 days.
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The EU commissioner for the environment, Virginia Cincinnati, said the current wildfires were a warning of climate change. Forest fires are spreading in Athens, leaving apartment dwellers with no idea where to go. One person died and more than 44 were injured in the fierce fire in the forest.
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