Severe heatwave affecting Greece and neighboring countries over the past 7 days sparked numerous wildfires, including near capital Athens where more than 500 people were forced to evacuate on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
More than 500 firefighters battled the flames on the northern outskirts of Athens into Thursday, August 4, where fires destroyed or seriously damaged more than 100 homes and businesses.
The affected areas include Varympompy and Tatoi, located at the foot of Mount Parnitha next to large pine trees forests.
According to the AP, the blaze damaged electricity pylons, adding further strain on the electricity network already under pressure due to the widespread use of air conditioning.
Greeks told to stay inside as #WildFires cloud skies#Greece authorities told people in #Athens to stay indoors as wildfires rage across the city.— Sarwar (@ferozwala) August 4, 2021
More than 500 firefighters battle fires on the outskirts of Athens, assisted by 9 helicopters, 5 aircraft, police and army. pic.twitter.com/X34yskUQd0
81 wildfires had been reported around the country in 24 hours from late Monday, August 2 to late Tuesday, August 3.
The fires come during the country's severe heatwave, the worst since 1987, according to local authorities.
Featured image credit: Sarwar