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Thousands of tourists evacuated as wildfires rage in Greece

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south of the island and the airport and most resorts in the north.

On Corfu, nearly 2,500 people were offered shelter, including in stadiums, although many returned to their hotels on Monday.

Greece is often hit by wildfires during the summer months but climate change has led to more extreme heatwaves across southern Europe, raising concerns that tourists will stay away.

Tourism accounts for 18% of Greece’s GDP and one in five jobs. On Rhodes and many other Greek islands, reliance on tourism is even greater.

Civil Protection said practically every region of Greece was facing the threat of wildfires on Monday ranging from high, very high to state of alert.

Temperatures over the past week have exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in many parts of the country and were forecast to persist in the coming days.

Emergency services were also dealing with fires on the island of Evia, east of Athens, and Aigio, southwest of Athens.

Source: Reuters

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