A state of emergency has been declared in Dubrovnik after forest fires reached residential areas of the Croatian resort. Fire warning sirens rang out across the historic city, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Flames have now engulfed several houses and 26 firefighters have been taken to hospital as they try to stop the fire spreading to more built-up areas.
Three water bombers have been deployed to the region but their work has been hampered by strong winds, which have also spread the flames. Most of the city’s many tourists are so far out of danger, as the majority of hotels are situated near the coastline. But residents inland on higher ground are being urged to take shelter in the central, walled part of the city.