Greece wildfires fanned by strong winds, killing one

ATHENS, 22nd August, 2023 (WAM) -- Wildfires fanned by gale force winds in Greece killed one person in the northeastern region of Evros on Monday as authorities warned most regions faced a high risk of new blazes, Reuters reported. 

A total of 64 wildfires erupted across Greece in the last 24 hours with authorities ordering the evacuation of several communities in the Evros region, near the border with Türkiye.

The body of a man was found in a rural area on Monday evening near the port city of Alexandroupolis in Evros, a local police official told Reuters.

More than 200 firefighters backed by 18 aircraft were battling a wildfire burning for the third day in the region.