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Hungarian Tourists Evacuated from Rhodes as Wildfires Rage

Hungary Today 2023.07.24.

Nearly 100 Hungarian travelers are affected by the evacuation, but none of them on the Greek island are in any danger to their lives. Germany’s TUI and Britain’s Jet2 have canceled flights to the island in recent days – reports turizmus.com.

No Hungarian lives are in danger on the fire-stricken island of Rhodes, Tamás Menczer, State Secretary for Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told MTI in a statement posted on his social media page.

The Hungarian embassy in Athens is in contact with 110 Hungarians who have registered for consular protection. According to information from travel agencies, the total number of Hungarians on the island is estimated at around 400.

Photo: Facebook/Manu Manu

According to the current information, 91 Hungarians are affected by the evacuation, but the number is constantly changing. The Embassy will provide all available information to those concerned.

Greek authorities reported that the evacuation buses can reach the airport from all parts of the island and the authorities are providing transport for anyone wishing to leave the island. In addition, ferry and boat services to Athens are running uninterruptedly.

The Greek island has been battling fires for almost a week now, threatening both coastal areas and  mountainous areas.

Symi, Rhodes, so far spared by the fire. Photo by Luke Schnell via Facebook/Rhodes, Greece

The world’s largest tour operator, German TUI, and British Jet2 have announced that

they have canceled all flights to the Greek island with immediate effect due to the fires in Rhodes,

Origo reported.

In Greece’s largest evacuation operation to date,

16,000 people were evacuated on land and 3,000 at sea from 12 villages and several hotels, authorities annouced on Sunday. Among the evacuated villages is Lindos, one of the island’s main tourist attractions.

Some of the evacuees, including tourists, were relocated to other hotels, gyms, and a conference center. A shipping company has offered one of its boats as accommodation.

The Greek Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis unit in Athens to facilitate the repatriation of foreign tourists.

On Sunday, the authorities classified an unprecedented part of the mainland, the entire eastern part of central and southern Greece, as well as the islands of Evia and Rhodes and large areas of the southwestern part of the country, as a level 5 fire risk, the highest in the country.

Last year, Rhodes recorded around 2.5 million tourist arrivals.

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