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Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos

Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos

Villages evacuated as wildfire rages on Greek island of Zakynthos
September 16
06:54 2019

Video footage shows a large wildfire raging on the Greek island of Zakynthos on Sunday (September 15).

A number of residents have been evacuated from nearby villages, and over a hundred firefighters and 28 vehicles were battling the blaze, according to Greece's fire service's Twitter account.

Greece has bitter memories of a horrific blaze that tore through the seaside town of Mati near Athens in July 2018, killing 102 people in a matter of hours. Authorities were accused then of poor coordination and a slow response.

Greece often faces wildfires during its dry summer months, but environmental campaigners see an increasing number of wildfires around the world as a symptom of climate change.

(Source: Reuters)

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