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Welsh firefighters help battle blazes in Greece


Four firefighters from Cymru have flown to Greece to help tackle the wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country since August 3.

The Welsh firefighters— all from South Wales Fire and Rescue Services—spent time "working a fire front" in the area of Gortynia, alongside local firefighting teams.

They are now been deployed to the Peloponnese peninsula in the south of the country.

They are said to be working 12-hour shifts in 40C heat.

Tactical fire expert Craig Hope said the fire was "very similar" to a fire he had tackled in Cwmcarn forest in 2018.

As of Wednesday August 11, the 2021 Greece wildfires have killed 2 people, and at least 20 others have been injured. Authorities have also evacuated several villages and towns.

Greece is experiencing its worst heatwave in more than 30 years, with temperatures reaching as high as 47.1C.

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