Government focuses on safe evacuation as pressure from fires mounts

PoliticsGreek Politics Tags: Fires, New Democracy, PASOK-KINAL, SYRIZA
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos
Photo by Panayotis Tzamaros/Fosphotos

The pressure on the government over the handling of wildfires increased materially over the weekend as Greece experienced a record heatwave and thousands of tourists had to be evacuated on Rhodes as a blaze ripped through the island after burning for several days.

The Greek authorities said that an estimated 19,000 people were evacuated by land or sea on Rhodes over the weekend as a wildfire swept towards several tourist resorts. While the government focused on the successful removal of the visitors from harm’s w...

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