Humans evacuate with their animals as wildfires burn in Greece

Animal News : Humans evacuate with their animals as wildfires burn in Greece
A man evacuates horses as a wildfire burns near the village of Pournari, Greece, July 18, 2023, credit: Reuters/Giorgos Moutafis

Humans and animals were evacuated on Tuesday in Pournari in Greece, as wildfires swept uncontrolled through forests north of Athens for a second day.

Residents of nearby villages were advised by authorities to leave their homes as flames approached. A man was photographed evacuating three horses with fire and smoke in the background.

“We are leaving. They contacted us to evacuate the settlement. We are heading to Mandra, wherever it is safe for the family. I hope God lends a hand. There is nothing more to say. You can see the bitterness in my wife’s eyes,” resident Meletis Redoumis said.

“I just want my family to be okay. We took only the basic necessities, clothes, water, some sandwiches for the kids and milk for the baby. We are six people, four kids and two adults. We also took the two dogs and the birds,” he added.

The Greek meteorological service warned of a high fire risk this week following the first major heatwave of the season. This week will see a second heatwave.

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