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Corfu is the latest Greek island to be evacuated because of flames.

Corfu is the latest Greek island to tell people to leave because of flames, which are a problem for the whole country.

Photos shared on social media show that Corfu is on fire. A fire broke out in the popular part of the island for British guests, which is in the north.

It comes after about 19,000 people had to leave the island of Rhodes, which has also been hit by fires.

As the fire spread from the center of the Greek island, many people had to leave their homes.

Greece has been dealing with scorching heat. Temperatures have been over 40C all over the country, and in some places fires have been burning for almost a week.

The Greek government said that a national holiday that was supposed to happen on Monday has been canceled because of the fires, which have created “extraordinary conditions” in the country.

Late on Sunday night, Greece’s Emergency Communications Service told people in some parts of Corfu to leave.

On the island, people who live in Santa, Megoula, Porta, Palia, Perithia, and Sinies have been told to leave.

A government source said that boats were sent out to help people leave the area by sea.

Corfu, which is in the Ionian Sea off the northwest coast of Greece, is a famous tourist spot. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Brits go there.

Rhodes is an island about 1,027 km (670 miles) away. Since Tuesday, when smoke started to cover tourist areas, the island has been fighting flames that were spread by strong winds.

Local officials say that 16,000 people were taken off the island by land and 3,000 by sea. The Greek Ministry of Climate Change and Civil Protection said it was “the largest evacuation in the country because of a wildfire.”

On Sunday, thousands of vacationers camped out at the Rhodes airport, waiting for a flight to leave. A Greek police spokeswoman, Konstantia Dimoglidou, told the AFP news agency that more than 30,000 people have been removed so far.

Some tourists said that to get to safety, they had to walk for miles in blazing heat. People have seen burned-out cars and dead animals on the road.

Jet2 has now canceled five flights to Rhodes, and Tui has canceled all flights to the island until Wednesday.

On Rhodes, the first flights to take British people back home are set to land. EasyJet will fly two rescue flights with a total of 421 seats on Monday and a third with a similar number of seats on Tuesday. This is on top of the nine flights that are already planned to go to the island.

The UK Foreign Office says that a five-person “rapid deployment team” and four Red Cross workers are on Rhodes to help British people and help tour companies bring people home.

At least three hotels have been destroyed in Kiotari, which is east of Rhodes and has a lot of trees.

Athanasios Vyrinis, the deputy mayor of Rhodes, said that some people had spent the night in cardboard boxes and warned that there were not enough basic supplies.

Greece’s fire service has warned that things could get worse as more towns need to be evacuated and that putting out the fires could take several days. On Sunday, the fire was being fought by 260 firemen and 18 planes.

Six people with breathing problems were taken to the hospital for a short time and then sent home.

Fires have also broken out on the island of Evia, which is east of Athens, and on the island of Aigio, which is southwest of Athens. Wildfires have already burned down homes on Rhodes and in other places.

Climate change makes it more possible that it will be hot and dry, which can cause wildfires. Since the beginning of the industrial age, the world has already warmed by about 1.1C, and temperatures will continue to rise unless countries all over the world make big cuts to carbon emissions.

This week, Spain and Italy, both in the Mediterranean, have also had very hot weather. In some places of the US, records have also been broken.


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