Wildfires are continuing to rip through the Greek island of Evia, prompting residents to flee to safety by sea.

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

Local officials said not enough help had been sent to fight the fires, adding that parts of the island had already been destroyed.

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.

One blaze in the northern suburb of Athens is said to have subsided.

Heatwaves such as this are becoming more likely and more extreme because of human-induced climate change.

The subsequent hot, dry weather is likely to fuel wildfires.Firefighters have been struggling to keep fires at bay in a number of villages on the island.

RN