July 31, a wildfire near Patras, Greece's third-largest city, destroyed about a dozen homes, five people were hospitalized due to breathing difficulties. France 24 reported this, citing local authorities.
"Some 145 firefighters, 50 trucks, eight firefighting planes and helicopters have been mobilised to extinguish the fire in the Zeria region in the Peloponnese, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) west of Athens, the firefighting service said. The authorities evacuated people from five villages in the region as well as from the tourist resort of Loggos on the coast," reads the message.
56 forest fires had broken out over the past 24 hours, although most were quickly brought under control, the outlet states with the reference to the civil protection agency.
Greece is hit by forest fires every summer, but experts have warned that global warming increases both their frequency and intensity. The country has been in the grip of another heatwave since Friday, with temperatures hovering between 42 and 44 degrees Celsius, weather forecasters say.
As reported on July 28, a strong forest fire broke out in Turkey in the province of Antalya, in the Manavgat region. The fire was caused by a fire in a landfill in the Yenikei region. In Manavgat, some houses were damaged and animals were killed in a fire. Soon, the flames reached the tourist cities of Marmaris and Bodrum, in connection with which the evacuation of people from hotels began. As of July 31, 88 out of 98 forest fires were localized in Turkey.