SHOCKING before and after images reveal the charred remains of a five-star resort in Rhodes that was destroyed by raging wildfires.
Heart-breaking footage shows the devastating aftermath of the catastrophic blaze that continues to rip through the Greek island after seven days.
The video starts with holidaymakers relaxing by the pool at theLindos Imperial Resort and Spa, in the village of Kiotari.
But the “out of control” fire sparked a mass evacuation, sending at least 19,000 people fleeing.
In the second part of the clip, the same pool area of the hotel is covered in ash, while a few burned loungers can be seen in the background.
The hotel announced on a social media post that those who still have belongings at the property could go and collect them.
It said in a statement: “The safety and well-being of our guests and staff are our utmost priority and we have taken this precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s security.
“We want to emphasise that we are in constant communication with the local authorities, closely monitoring the situation.
“Rest assured, we are taking all necessary measures to address the situation responsibly and ensure a safe environment for everyone.
“During this challenging time, we extend our deepest gratitude for your understanding and support. “
Firefighters on the island are still battling the flames as thousands of people have been forced to evacuate burning hotels, with tourists scrambling to get home on evacuation flights.
The deputy mayor of Rhodes, Konstantinos Taraslias, said the fires are still burning out of control after seven days of fighting them.
He said thousands of people need to be evacuated and given shelter as the flames ripped through tourist hotspots.
Fresh evacuation orders were issued for another two villages on the island- Malona and Massari- amid fears the fire will reach the nearby village of Archangelos.
More than 16,000 people have been evacuated by land and 3,000 by sea from 12 villages and several hotels.
Some 30,000 people fled the flames on Rhodes at the weekend, the country’s largest-ever wildfire evacuation as extraordinary scenes showed columns of people lugging suitcases along the island’s roads.
Brits on the island spoke about facing a “living nightmare” fleeing burning hotels.
Other fleeing Brits spent the night in makeshift camps across the island – with young kids forced to sleep on mattresses in classrooms and gyms.
A British dad-of-four described his family’s hell as they fled the Rhodes inferno in the dead of night.
PE Teacher Daniel Jones said he had to wade into the ocean neck deep to get his young family onto a pleasure boat to escape the flames that chased them.
“It has been a nightmare, our holiday has been ruined, our kids traumatised,” he told The Sun.
“There was still a lot of confusion, it was madness. There were no reps or anyone to tell us what was happening.
“There was a moment where you could clearly see the flames moving closer but there were no boats to escape, I felt completely powerless to protect my family.”
Both easyJet and Jet2 are planning repatriation flights to Rhodes today to bring Britons home.
Rhodes on Tuesday remains at the highest level of fire alert, alongside Crete.
Now, locals and tourists are also being evacuated from Corfu after another blaze erupted in Greece.
People in the areas of Santa, Megoula, Porta, Palia, Perithia and Sinies on the island have been told to leave immediately.
About 2,400 locals and tourists fled the flames today, a fire service spokesman said.
Meanwhile, wildfires also broke out today on Evia, the country’s second-largest island.
Vassilis Kikilias, Greece’s civil protection minister, said crews had battled over 500 fires around the country for 12 straight days.
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