Fire-fighters are still damping down hotspots after a forest fire in northern Greece that forced hundreds of tourists and local residents to flee. One German holidaymaker drowned while trying to leave his hotel by boat, as people sought refuge on beaches in the middle of the night. “We’re from Germany. We’ve had to leave, disrupt our holiday and go back home,” said one tourist. Another woman said: “We’re totally exhausted. We just want to sleep. We’re waiting for the bus to collect us to go away from here.”
The fire swept across 25 kilometres of pine forests on the Halkidiki Peninsula, burning holiday homes in several villages. Authorities evacuated about a thousand people from hotels and camp sites. About 50 people have been treated in local hospitals and clinics for respiratory problems and burns.