Fast-moving forest fires in southwest Greece have killed at least three people, razed buildings and homes to the ground and prompted chaotic scenes as residents and tourists fled for safety. Others had to be evacuated by air from the Peloponnese region.
Strong winds, added to soaring temperatures of up to 45 degrees celsius, are making it impossible for firefighters to control the flames. Crops and livestock have been lost. Some homeowners have refused to flee, doing all they can to protect their houses from the advancing fires. “We have to save our house,” said one woman, spraying water all around her garden. “We don’t know what else to do.”
Two pilots were reported to have died when their Canadair plane crashed while fighting another fire, northeast of Athens. Three firemen were killed tackling a blaze in Crete.