According to the Greek Coast Guard, the evacuees were on the beaches of Kiotari and Lardos on the east coast of this Mediterranean tourist island.
Published on 07/22/2023 18:23
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An aerial view of the ongoing fires on Rhodes island, Greece, on July 22, 2023. (CHRISTOPHE GATEAU / DPA / MAXPPP)
More than 20 boats took part in an evacuation operation on Saturday, July 22, on the tourist island of Rhodes in Greece, where a forest fire has been raging for five days. According to the Greek Coast Guard, the evacuees were on the beaches of Kiotari and Lardos on the east coast of this Mediterranean island. Three boats carried out this action, which also involved about twenty private boats, while a ship from the Hellenic Navy approached the area.
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In particular, three hotels in the Kiotari sector suffered damage. In addition, according to the television channel ERT, firefighters had to take refuge in the monastery of Ypseni, near Lardos. They got stuck there after trying to persuade the nuns there to leave.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Yannis Artapoios, this fire, which broke out in a mountain in the center of the island, is the most serious blaze Rhodes firefighters have faced. Five helicopters and 173 firefighters are deployed to fight the fire. Greece is currently experiencing an exceptionally long heatwave, with temperatures expected to exceed 44°C this weekend.