Bosbranden tot aan buitenwijken van Athene

Rook en vlammen zijn te zien in Athene achter de Acropolis. Enorme bosbranden hebben gisteravond de buitenwijken van de stad bereikt. Duizenden mensen moesten op last van de autoriteiten hun huis verlaten. (Foto AFP) TOPSHOTS Smoke and blazes are seen in Athens behind the Acropolis from the raging wildfires near the capital early on August 23, 2009. Firefighters and local residents waged a titanic effort on Sunday to contain a massive fire in Athens' eastern suburbs that scorched a 30-kilometre (20-mile) swathe through one of the Greek capital's last forests. With aerial help expected from Italy, France and Cyprus, around 400 firefighters struggled through the night to contain the wildfire that has reached the residential suburbs of Agios Stefanos, Anthousa, Drafi, Gerakas and Pallini where sporadic evacuations were underway. AFP PHOTO/ Louisa Gouliamaki AFP