View of Acropolis in Athens. Photo: Wikipedia
23 Jul 2018

Athens forest fire forcing people from their homes along the coast


Greek authorities are urging people living along the coast west of the capital of Athens to evacuate from their homes. A forest fire has spread beyond control and is moving towards several settlements.

"The fire rages with unremitting strength," said Stavros Fotiou, Deputy Mayor of Megara.

- We urge residents to go to Corinth to protect themselves and their children.

The fire has made it necessary to turn off one of Greece's most well-traveled highways between Athens and the city of Corinth. A tall cloud of hovers in the sky oabove the capital.

The fire is fuelled by strong winds, moving towards the popular holiday resort Kineta, which is just over fifty kilometers (35 miles) from Athens.