Several hotels and residences on Samos have been evacuated as a precaution due to a major fire on the Greek island. Greece suffers from unusually high summer temperatures.
Local media reported that the area around Agios Fanorios on the northern coast of the island was the worst affected. The fire has been raging since Thursday noon and the fire service is still trying to control the blaze with helicopters, firefighting planes and several troops.
Unusually high temperatures have caused many fires in Greece. High winds exacerbate the problem in many places. In the past 24 hours, 51 bush and forest fires have been reported, the Greek fire service reported Friday morning.
Fires have devastated Samos almost every summer for the past 20 years. The Greek newspaper To Proto Themabrak wrote that only in 2016 did a fire break out.
Meanwhile, the heat wave will continue in Cyprus this weekend, with temperatures reaching 41 degrees Celsius inland, the island’s meteorological service predicts. Children and the elderly were advised to stay at home, and doctors advised residents to avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and sunbathing for a few minutes at most.
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