Wildfire worsens in Greece: What you need to know
The wildfire in Greece is getting worse by the day. Thousands of people have already been evacuated from their homes. More than 10,000 firefighters are right now working to bring the wildfire under control. The Prime Minister of Greece has described the incident as a "nightmarish summer”. He said that the top priority of his government is to "first and foremost, to protect human lives”.
Approximately 140,000 acres of land have been burnt in Greece in just the last 10 days. In addition to the existing fires burning, dozens of more fires have broken out in the last 24 hours. In the city of Evia alone, more than 2000 people have been evacuated via ferry.
On Saturday, a fire close to the capital Athens grew in size bringing smoke to the city. According to the weather forecast, strong winds are expected over the weekend, which might worsen the situation.
Many countries have offered support to Greece, including the UK, France, Romania, and Switzerland. These countries have already sent many firefighters to Greece to tackle the situation.
This year many countries including the USA, Canada, and Turkey have seen more wildfires than in past years. Many scientists believe that global warming is the main reason for these fires throughout the world. As the global temperature rises, the situation is expected to worsen over the years.