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Hospital evacuated after forest fire breaks out in Greece

Hospital evacuated after forest fire breaks out in Greece


Hospital evacuated after forest fire breaks out in Greece



(MENAFN – The Peninsula) AFP

Athens: A forest fire fanned by strong winds broke out in the Greek port city of Patras on Tuesday, authorities said. A children’s hospital and many residents had to be evacuated.

Patients were transferred to other facilities elsewhere in the city while 80 firefighters, 25 vehicles and 10 fire engines fought the fire.

Residents of three districts of Patras – Greece’s third-largest city in the Peloponnese region – have left their homes and sought refuge in the city centre, civil protection officials said on X.

Other regions issued forest fire warnings, while Greece is experiencing the “worst forest fire season in the last 20 years,” according to Greek Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Vassilis Kikilias.

The mayor of Patras, Kostas Peletidis, told public broadcaster ERT that the situation was improving.

“Of course it is not over,” he said, “but at the moment no house is threatened by the flames.”

On Tuesday, more forest fires broke out across Greece, triggered by strong winds and high temperatures.

The National Observatory of Athens recorded 37 degrees Celsius (98 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Attica region surrounding Athens.

Authorities warned on Wednesday of a “very high risk” of forest fires in six regions, including central Greece, the Peloponnese, Attica and islands in the northeastern Aegean Sea such as Lesbos.

In parts of the country, temperatures will exceed 40 degrees Celsius, with peaks of 41–42 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of 39–49 kilometers per hour (24–30 miles per hour), according to weather forecaster Meteo.

Strong winds and drought have fueled fires in the Athens area, on the Turkish island of Chios and in the Peloponnese in recent weeks.

While June temperatures in Greece usually do not exceed 30-31 °C, the country recorded its hottest June since 1960 in 2024, experts said.

Scientists say climate change is making extreme weather events such as heat waves more likely, longer lasting and more intense.

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