Dramatic footage shows Greek island engulfed in flame as residents are forced ...

Dramatic footage shows Greek island engulfed in flame as residents are forced ...
Dramatic footage shows Greek island engulfed in flame as residents are forced ...

Dramatic footage has shown a Greek island engulfed in flames as wildfires continue to rage and sweep away entire villages during the longest heatwave in more than three decades.

People in a passing boat looked back in horror as the hellish sky over the island of Evia, around 100 miles north of Athens, was filled with thick smoke on Wednesday.

Terrified residents were forced to flee over water after multiple infernos raging on the island amalgamated, blocking roads out of the danger and bringing flames closer to their coastal villas.

Now firefighters and water-bombing planes are battling blazes around the villages that remain standing on Evia.

More than a hundred miles to the west, flames have encircled the ancient site of Olympia where the Olympics were held every four years from 776 B.C. for more than a millennium.

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'The country is facing unprecedented environmental crises with multiple fires fuelled by a heat wave entering its second week,' said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as he visited Olympia today. 

Another significant wildfire is still ripping through forests on the outskirts of Athens, the result of an earlier fire rekindling in the incessant heat which scientists warn is the result of man-made climate change.

Dramatic footage taken from a passing boat shows wildfires raging on the Greek island of Evia, north of Athens. Many residents were forced to flee over the water to escape from the blaze

Dramatic footage taken from a passing boat shows wildfires raging on the Greek island of Evia, north of Athens. Many residents were forced to flee over the water to escape from the blaze

Footage shows the people looking back at the island as the flames lick around villas which line the beaches

Footage shows the people looking back at the island as the flames lick around villas which line the beaches

A fire raging on the island of Evia, north of Athens

Smoke rises in the air above the beach as fire rips through coastal villages

A fire raging on the island of Evia, north of Athens. The inferno has destroyed entire villages 

A concerned resident stands on his balcony to watch as flames rise around the ancient site of Olympia on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula

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A concerned resident stands on his balcony to watch as flames rise around the ancient site of Olympia on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula

Smoke rises from a hill by the village of Kourkouli, North Evia, on Wednesday as firefighters continue trying to bring the inferno under control

Smoke rises from a hill by the village of Kourkouli, North Evia, on Wednesday as firefighters continue trying to bring the inferno under control

A photo taken with a drone shows a burnt area after a wildfire in Rovies, Evia island, Greece, on Thursday. The battle with the flames continued for a third consecutive day in north Evia, where various fronts had joined to form three massive fire fronts moving in different directions and moving toward the sea

A photo taken with a drone shows a burnt area after a wildfire in Rovies, Evia island, Greece, on Thursday. The battle with the flames continued for a third consecutive day in north Evia, where various fronts had joined to form three massive fire fronts moving in different directions and moving toward the sea

A helicopter pours water on a wildfire on Thursday near the village of Kechries in North Evia

A helicopter pours water on a wildfire on Thursday near the village of Kechries in North Evia

Smoke rises from a hill by the village of Kourkouli, North Evia, on Thursday

Firefighters control the fire on a road near the village of Kourkouli

Smoke rises from a hill by the village of Kourkouli, North Evia, on Thursday (left) and firefighters battling blazes in the same area (right)

A helicopter drops water as fires rage around the village of Kechries in north Evia on Thursday

A helicopter drops water as fires rage around the village of Kechries in north Evia on Thursday

At least three significant fires were burning, on the island of Evia, in southern Greece and on the outskirts of Athens where a major forest blaze rekindled, and at Olympia where people have been ordered to evacuate. No deaths or severe injuries have been reported, but there has been widespread destruction to buildings and to Greece's quick-shrinking forests

At least three significant fires were burning, on the island of Evia, in southern Greece and on the outskirts of Athens where a major forest blaze rekindled, and at Olympia where people have been ordered to evacuate. No deaths or severe injuries have been reported, but there has been widespread destruction to buildings and to Greece's quick-shrinking forests

More difficult days lie ahead, he said, as winds have been predicted to pick up and the heat wave continues.

'I fully understand the anger, rage, exasperation of people who have seen their property lost,' Mitsotakis added.

The prime minister said ancient Olympia's archaeological site and museum had been successfully protected.

Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said earlier that firefighters waged 'an all-night battle' to save the site.

'We will continue the battle all day in order to contain all the fronts and extinguish the fire. The conditions are difficult,' Chrisochoidis said.

Wildfires in the same area in 2007 killed dozens of people while sparing Olympia's ancient sports venues and temples.

The fire department said 174 firefighters, nine ground teams, 52 vehicles, two

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