The brutal fires that continue to burn across the scenic island of Evia, just east of Mainland Greece, have displaced hundreds of victims, torched hundreds of homes and scorched the once-verdant countryside.
The fire on Evia (Euboea) island continued to burn on Thursday, forcing residents in the village of Kehries in the northern part of the island to evacuate their properties.
Residents and visitors received instructions to evacuate via the 112 European Emergency Number, as wildfires on the island continued to burn uncontrolled.
A police patrol car and church bells warned residents to abandon their homes as the flames reached the outskirts of the village
People were told to move toward the area of Mantoudi in order to save themselves from a potential disaster. On Wednesday, scores of people were evacuated by the Coast Guard to Edipsos in a major operation that also involved the recruitment of private vessels.
The villages of Amelantes and Keramia had been evacuated in the early hours of Thursday as well.
These two villages lie north of the main fire front of Drymonas, in northern Evia.
Beginning at 3:00 AM (local time) on Thursday the winds intensified and the fire began to approach houses of Amelantes.
How you can help fire victims on Evia
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Evia already is one of the lowest income areas of Greece, and people are still of course dealing with the pandemic; now many have lost their homes. The trees, grass and bushes in some areas are now completely dead. Greek Reporter never asks for favors, unless tragedy hits.
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