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Horrific Footage Of Greek Wildfires Compared To A Disaster Movie

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Horrific Footage Of Greek Wildfires Compared To A Disaster Movie

Horrifying footage shows a ferry full of people being evacuated in Greece as wildfires burn out of control around the shores of Lake Evia. Watch the video below to see the full scope of the disaster.

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At the moment, the world is suffering as many wildfires burn across several countries, but none are being as badly affect right now as parts of Greece and Turkey.

As many as 150 fires have been reported in Greece over the past week, with a large number of the blazes burning to the north of the capital, Athens.

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Strong winds and temperatures that have been consistently above 40C mean that the danger is far from over, too.

So far, one firefighter has been killed and 20 people have received medical treatment.

In this video, the popular tourist area of Evia appears as if some sort of bizarre hellscape as the hills surrounding the picturesque body of water glow with fire.

Credit: Meteo.gr/Twitter
Credit: Meteo.gr/Twitter
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At least 1,153 people have had to be ferried away across the lake as the fire has cut off all other routes of escape.

As the backdrop to the video burns and smoulders, hundreds of people can be seen hunkered down on the boat, many seeming absolutely - and completely understandably - terrified.

The reaction to the footage, and the news of the fires in general, has focused on the fact that these events are becoming even more frequent as the world continues to experience the increasing effects of climate change.

Many have even compared the footage to something from a disaster movie.

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One person said: "Mad, like something from a film. You've think it's the end, wouldn't you?"

Another commented: "I remember when this used to be Hollywood special effects."

A third simply wrote: "Jesus Christ. This looks like something from a movie."

Credit: Meteo.gr/Twitter
Credit: Meteo.gr/Twitter
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Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Greece's civil protection chief Nikos Hardalias told reporters: "Over the past few days, we have been facing a situation without precedent in our country, in the intensity and wide distribution of the wildfires, and the new outbreaks all over (Greece).

"I want to assure you that all forces available are taking part in the fight."

This latest extreme weather incident comes after hundreds of people were killed by severe flooding in Europe after torrential rain.

More than 200 people were killed across Germany and Belgium in the floods that occurred last month, as well as more than 700 people injured.

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Topics: Environment, Greece, World News, climate change

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