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New fires in Greece force for more evacuations!

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Photo: EFE/EPA/IKONOMOU VASSILIS

Greece has ordered evacuations for areas near two central cities after new fires broke out during the latest heatwave.

HDN Newsroom

The new blazes threatening central Greece prompted orders for locals to leave areas near the cities of Volos and Lamia.

One woman was found dead in a camper van in a coastal area near Volos, the fire department said.

The body of a cattle farmer was discovered in one of the evacuated areas near Volos.

They bring to five the number of deaths in Greece's wildfires, including two water bomber pilots whose plane crashed on Tuesday, and a cattle farmer on the island of Evia.

Greece has battled over 600 fires in the past 12 days, the government said.

Temperatures hit between 43-46 degrees Celsius in central and southern Greece, according to the national meteorological service.

Although, Geece is used to summer heatwaves, this is one of the longest ones in recent years, according to experts.

Wildfires, which have been burning in several parts of the country for more than ten days, were ravaging the tourist islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Evia.

At least 100 firefighters were working to contain the flames on Evia.

The civil protection ministry has warned of an extreme danger of fire in six of the country's 13 regions.

Storms are forecast for today.