| 20 May 2024, Monday |

Wildfires rage outside Athens, villages evacuated

Two flames blazed out of control outside Athens on Monday, prompting the evacuation of villages, but no reports of injuries were immediately available.

In recent weeks, more than 500 wildfires have erupted across Greece, which, like other Mediterranean nations such as Turkey and Tunisia, has seen some of its hottest temperatures in decades.

On Monday, a blaze broke out on a mountain near the port town of Lavrio, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Athens, sending thick plumes of smoke above a busy beach, where windsurfers were riding the waves.

  • Reuters