Wildfires rage for the seventh day in Turkey’s Mediterranean region

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes near Athens as wildfires moved closer to the Greek capital. Authorities in Greece closed the Acropolis and other ancient sites during afternoon hours on Tuesday as temperatures reached 45C. It comes as wildfires raging in neighbouring Turkey for the seventh day have left at least eight dead. France, Italy, and Albania are also battling blazes. A forest fire broke out on Tuesday in Dekelia, north of Athens, cutting a section of the main motorway between Athens to northern and southern Greece, officials said, as the nation reels under a severe heatwave. Greece is grappling with the worst heatwave in decades that strained the national power supply and caused forest fires to break out. Thousands of people fled their homes north of Athens on Tuesday after the wildfire reached residential areas and send a huge cloud of smoke over Athens. There were multiple evacuations near Tatoi, 20km to the north and residents left their homes in cars and on motorcycles, heading toward the capital amid a blanket of smoke. Civil Protection chief Nikos Hardalias said the fire north of Athens was ‘very dangerous,’ and had been exacerbated by strong winds and tinder-dry conditions due to the heat that reached 45 Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in the area. ‘We continue to fight hour by hour, with our top priority being to save human lives,’ Hardalias said. ‘We will do so all night.’ ‘These are crucial hours,’ Hardalias said. ‘Our country is undergoing one of the worst heatwaves of the past 40 years.’

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