For the sixth day in a row, firefighters battled on Sunday to put out fires on the Greek island of Rhodes that trapped thousands of tourists and locals, forcing many to spend the night in hotel lobbies, gyms, schools or boats docked at the port.

Greek authorities said no serious injuries had been reported so far, although nine people were briefly hospitalized, most with breathing problems. Some holidaymakers described a chaotic rescue effort and criticized tour operators for flying them to the island despite the raging fires.

Helen Tonks, a British tourist, said in a phone call that she arrived on Saturday evening to a “living nightmare” on the island. The hotel she booked had already been evacuated, she said, and she spent the night at school that was turned into an emergency center.

During the night, coast guard ships moved thousands of people from coastal areas threatened by the fires to safer parts of the island. Television footage showed long lines of people, including many children, walking to safety under an orange sky, and crowds standing on beaches in the dark as officers helped them onto lifeboats. Other images showed hundreds of people sprawled on mattresses in gymnasiums as volunteers handed out water.

According to Ioannis Artopios, a spokesman for the Greek fire service, around 19,000 people – locals and tourists, many of whom were British – were moved away from fires on the island on Saturday night. The resources of the fire service were further strained on Sunday after a bridge collapsed in western Greece, in the city of Patras. One person died and eight others were hospitalized in that disaster, with firefighters still searching through the debris.

About Rhodes, Paul Kalburgi, a British playwright and screenwriter who is vacationing on the island with his family, said he was evacuated from three hotels on Saturday. The first time, he said, he and his family fled their hotel with wet towels over their heads, fearing for their lives. After the third evacuation, they spent the night in a hotel lobby, watching the flames from a distance, he added.

“The fires look terrible in the dark,” Mr. Kalburgi wrote in a message to a New York Times reporter late Saturday. On Sunday morning, he said, staff at the hotel where they took refuge told him that roads were open, but that there were no cars or taxis and therefore no practical way to get to the island’s airport.

“It feels completely helpless. Where is the help? Nobody knows anything,” Mr. Kalburgi noted.

Several other tourists described similar experiences and outlined what they said were largely futile efforts to get advice from the travel agencies that flew them to the island.

On Sunday, British airline and tour operator Jet2 said it had canceled flights to Rhodes scheduled until next Sunday. Another British operator, Tui, said it was also canceling flights to Rhodes for the next few days, adding that the company was doing everything it could to support customers on the island.

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday that it would set up a help desk at Rhodes International Airport to facilitate the departure of tourists who may have lost their passports in the evacuation.

Simon Warne, a British tourist who traveled to Rhodes on Thursday for a wedding, said he spent Saturday night at a school on the island. Like others, he praised the kindness of local residents and volunteers during the chaotic, frightening situation.

“Special mention to the locals though who brought us food, drinks, towels at 4am,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that “some amazing lady just drove us 50km back to our hotel and wouldn’t accept money no matter how hard we tried.”

Ms. Tonks described a similar experience. “Locals are amazing,” she said. “It’s humbling.”

Efforts to put out the fires, which burned on three fronts on the island and were exacerbated by strong winds, continued on Sunday, Mr. Artopios, the fire service spokesman, told Greek television. Airplanes dropped water on the flames, and firefighters worked through the night to protect residential areas, he added, noting that the relocation operation was the largest ever in Greece.

The wildfires on Rhodes are among hundreds that have broken out across Greece this past week, fueled by tinder-dry conditions as heatwaves sweep the country. Other countries across Southern Europe have also struggled with the baking conditions and extreme weather, with some areas matching or breaking temperature records, while still others experience violent storms.

Temperatures were set to reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit, about 45 degrees Celsius, in central Greece on Sunday, prompting the authorities to close the Acropolis and other ancient sites.

Emma Bubola contributed reporting from London.

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