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GREECE is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years – causing residents of it's second biggest island to evacuate.

Wildfires are ripping through the Greek island of Evia for a seventh day today, prompting residents to flee to safety by sea.

More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated, with elderly residents carried on to ferries.

Parts of the island have been badly destroyed, with officials saying not enough help has been sent to help tackle the blazes.

Greece is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years in which temperatures have spiked to 45C (113F).

A number of wildfires have struck the country in recent days as temperatures rose to 45C – including one fire in a northern suburb of the capital Athens which has now subsided.

Read our Greece wildfires blog below for the latest updates…

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    WATCH: APOCALYPTIC WILDFIRES BLAZE GREECE WITH FLAMES FILLING THE SKY AS PEOPLE FLEE AS TURKEY BURNS FOR A SECOND WEEK

    Apocalyptic wildfires blaze Greece with flames filling the sky as people flee as Turkey burns for a second week

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    RESIDENT SAYS 'WE WERE COMPLETELY FORESAKEN'

    "We were completely forsaken. There were no fire brigades, there were no vehicles, nothing", said David Angelou, who had been on Evia in the seaside village of Pefki and left the island by ferry to the mainland harbor of Arkitsa Sunday night.

    "You could feel the enormous heat, there was also a lot of smoke", he continued.

    "You could see the sun, a red ball, and then, nothing else around."

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    PUBLIC TAKING CONTACTING GREEK TELEVISION TO APPEAL FOR HELP

    Many residents and local officials have complained of a lack of firefighters, and some have taken to calling in to Greek television networks to appeal for help, particularly from water-dropping planes and helicopters.

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    SOUTHERN REGION OF PELOPNNESE RAVAGED BY FIRE

    Other big fires have been burning forests and farmland in the southern Greek region of the Peloponnese.

    A major blaze also burned through homes, businesses and forests on the northern fringes of Athens was on the wane.

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    SKIES ABOVE EVIA TURN ORANGE

    The smoke and ash from the fire on Evia, a rugged island of forests and coves almost touching the Greek mainland, blocked out the sun, turning the sky orange as the blaze rampaged across the northern part of the island.

    Evias fire is the most severe of dozens that have broken out across Greece in the past week, after the country was baked by its worst heat wave in three decades which sent temperatures soaring to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) for days.

    The heat, coming amid what has already been a particularly hot summer, has turned Greeces forests, including large areas of easily flammable pine trees, into bone-dry tinderboxes.

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    MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM EVIA

    MORE than 2,000 people have now been evacuated from their homes as devastating wildfires continue to sweep across Greece's second-largest island.

    The blazes on Evia came in the wake of the country's worst heatwave in 30 years.

    Smoke and flame turned the sky red then grey as the infernos swept across the island.

    Fire crews have spent days tackling the outbreaks in increasingly hostile conditions.

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    IN PICTURES: WILDFIRES RIP THROUGH GREECE DURING DEADLIEST HEATWAVE IN 30 YEARS

    The charred remains of a car destroyed by the flamesCredit: EPA
    Firefighters have desperately been trying to contain the firesCredit: AFP
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    BRITISH FIREFIGHTERS BEING SENT TO HELP GREECE BATTLE BLAZES

    British firefighters are expected to land in Greece to help battle deadly wildfires ravaging parts of the country.

    The 21-strong team was put together within 24 hours of the initial request by Home Secretary Priti Patel, who visited Greece this week.

    Meanwhile in Turkey, rain has brought respite to areas that have been devastated by 12 days of fires.

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    AUTHORITIES BRACED FOR A SEVENTH NIGHT OF FIRES

    The authorities are once again bracing themselves for another night battling the inferno.

    "We have ahead of us another difficult evening, another difficult night," Civil Protection Deputy Minister Nikos Hardalias said.

    "On Evia we have two major fire fronts, one in the north and one in the south. The one in the north is driven by blasts of wind to the beach settlement.”

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    MAPPED: GREECE'S DEVASTATING WILDFIRES

    Wildfires are spreading through Greece, with Evia evacuating thousands from the island
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    'OUR VILLAGES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED'

    In all, 17 firefighting aircraft – planes and helicopters – were fighting the fires on Evia, which have killed a firefighter and have been have been raging for days as temperatures reached 45C.

    "I feel angry. I lost my home – nothing will be the same," one resident, Vasilikia, said she boarded a rescue ferry on Sunday.

    "It's a disaster. It's huge. Our villages are destroyed, there is nothing left from our homes.”

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    THOUSANDS OF GREEK RESIDENTS EVACUATED FROM EVIA BY SEA

    Hundreds of Greek firefighters fought desperately Sunday to control wildfires on the island of Evia that have charred vast areas of pine forest, destroyed homes and forced tourists and locals to flee.

    Thousands were evacuated by ferries, with video taken from on board showing a wall of flames in the night sky.

    "We're talking about the apocalypse, I don't know how to describe it," Sotiris Danikas, head of the coastguard in the town of Aidipsos on Evia, told state broadcaster ERT.

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    RESIDENTS OF EVIA FLEEING TO SAFETY

    WILDFIRES are continuing to rage in Greece with apocalyptic flames filling the sky as people flee for safety.

    In neighbouring Turkey, fires that have ravaged the country and killed eight have now entered a second week.

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