Greece latest fires: Evacuations begin in Corfu as Rhodes tourists fleeing bushfires spend their second night at the airport -

Greece latest fires: Evacuations begin in Corfu as Rhodes tourists fleeing bushfires spend their second night at the airport

Forest fires in Greece: Tourists from Rhodes sleep on the airport grounds awaiting evacuation

The Greek fire service said some 2,500 people had been evacuated from Corfu, where dozens of wildfires raged on the island after a fire in Rhodes prompted the “largest evacuation in Greek history”.

Videos on social media show flames engulfing the island of Corfu as smoke and orange haze blanketed the night sky. The fire broke out in the northern part of the island, which is popular with British tourists.

Those in Santa Migola, Porta, Palaia Perithia and Sinis were asked to evacuate to Kassiopi because of the fires in Corfu.

About 2,466 people were evacuated overnight, according to AFP news agency spokesman Yannis Artobios, a spokesman for the fire department.

The request came after Jet2 and TUI canceled all flights to Rhodes. Jet 2 planes full of tourists were due to leave for the Greek island. But the planes were left empty and would instead be used to evacuate holidaymakers fleeing the fire.

Thousands of tourists were forced to flee their hotels, their tragic evacuation from beaches by a fleet of private boats captured as fires raged in the background.


A chilling satellite image shows the scale of the Rhodes forest fires

This satellite image shows the area affected by forest fires in Rhodes, Greece on Sunday.

An outbreak of forest fires led to the “largest evacuation in Greek history” with around 2,500 people being evacuated from Corfu.

(via Reuters)

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 24, 2023 08:51


Tourists are forced to walk for miles to reach safety

On Rhodes, some holidaymakers said they walked for miles in the sweltering heat to get to safety. The fires left blackened trees and dead animals lying on the road near burning cars.

Many tourists spent the night on the grounds of the airport, waiting for flights back home. “It was quite a struggle on the beach with the smoke,” said John Hope, a tourist from Manchester, England.

Tour operators Jet2, TUI and Corendon have canceled flights departing to Rhodes. Britain’s EasyJet said on Sunday it was operating two flights on Monday from Rhodes to London’s Gatwick airport in addition to the nine already operating between the island and Gatwick.

The airline said it would add another return flight on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Ryanair said its flights to and from Rhodes were operating as normal. The company’s chief financial officer, Neil Surhan, said the company was monitoring the situation on Monday.

“We have a lot of clients who want to go home. We are not going to leave them behind so we are just going back and forth.”

“It is not necessary in this period of time (to put more flights), we allow people to book on earlier flights.”

(Eurokinissi/AFP via Getty Images)

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 24, 2023 08:43


Watch: Rhodes tourists sleep on the airport floor awaiting evacuation

Tourists fleeing bushfires in Rhodes have had to sleep on the floor for a second night in a row while they wait for evacuations.

Forest fires in Greece: Tourists from Rhodes sleep on the airport grounds awaiting evacuation

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 24, 2023 08:37


British tourists describe fleeing bushfires in Rhodes to save their lives:

A mum who says she has experienced “hell on earth” was among British tourists forced to flee Rhodes this weekend as fierce bushfires continued to rage on the Greek holiday island.

Officials on the island, which lies southwest of Turkey in the Aegean Sea, have launched Greece’s largest-ever evacuation as swathes of land go up in flames, threatening popular holiday resorts.

Tourists were forced to take shelter in schools, sports stadiums, airports and alternative hotels as firefighters battled desperately to contain the blaze, which officials feared could intensify on Monday as winds more than doubled on the island.

Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 24, 2023 08:30


Forest fires force tourists in Rhodes to flee

Forest fires raged across Greece on Monday, forcing people to be evacuated from a beach on the island of Corfu while tourists crowded an airport in Rhodes after thousands fled hotels and resorts for the weekend.

Fires raging since Wednesday in Rhodes forced the evacuation of 19,000 people over the weekend as inferno reached seaside resorts on the southeastern coast of the island.

Rhodes and Corfu are among the top destinations in Greece for tourists from Britain and Germany.

“We are on the seventh day of the fire and it is not under control,” Rhodes Deputy Mayor Konstantinos Taraslias told state channel ERT.


Maryam Zakir HussainJuly 24, 2023 08:18


About 2,500 people have been evacuated from Corfu

The Greek Fire Service said about 2,500 people have been successfully evacuated from Corfu, with evacuations continuing on three islands.

About 2,466 people were evacuated overnight, according to AFP news agency spokesman Yannis Artobios, a spokesman for the fire department.

He said that no homes or hotels have been evacuated yet.

Stuti MishraJuly 24, 2023 08:05


59 people evacuated from Corfu by sea

Maritime evacuations have begun from the Greek island of Corfu to take people fleeing wildfires off the island.

The Greek coast guard said about 59 people have been evacuated from Nisaki Beach on the northwest coast.

The evacuation was carried out using six coast guard vessels and nine private vessels.

General view of a wildfire burning on Mount Pantokratoras on the island of Corfu, Greece


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Tourists fleeing the hell of Rhodes are spending their second night at the airport

Thousands of tourists and residents fleeing forest fires on the Greek island of Rhodes took refuge in shelters and slept in airports, and many were evacuated on private boats as the flames threatened coastal resorts and villages.

Tourists rest as they wait in the airport departures hall as evacuations take place due to forest fires on the Greek island of Rhodes.





Stuti MishraJuly 24, 2023 07:50


Evacuations also begin in Evia

Another Greek island, Evia, has begun evacuating people as more wildfires rage after Corfu and Rhodes.

The authorities asked residents of four southern villages to leave for the town of Karistos.

The deputy governor of central Greece, Giorgos Keleditis, who was near one of the villages, told the state agency ANA-MPA that the situation is difficult, according to The Guardian.

“The fire may be two kilometers away, but the wind is strong, the growth is low, the smoke is thick, and the air is hard to breathe,” he said.

Stuti MishraJuly 24, 2023 07:31


British airlines are still selling tickets to Rhodes despite the bushfires

British airlines continue to sell flights for immediate departure from the UK to Rhodes despite bushfires that have led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists from the island.

Holiday companies Jet2, the UK’s largest tour operator, and Tui announced on Sunday that they would cancel all flights and imminent holidays to Rhodes and offer refunds due to the fires that raged on the Greek island six days ago.

But other airlines continue to offer seats on flights to Rhodes, and travel company Thomas Cook says most of its customers booked for Sunday and Monday travel are traveling as usual.

Our travel correspondent Simon Calder has more:

Stuti MishraJuly 24, 2023 07:10