ATHENS – Firefighters battled fires across Greece on Tuesday after a difficult night on the island of Evia, northeast of the capital Athens, where residents rallied with garden hoses and buckets in a desperate effort to save their homes.
Forest fires were also still burning in neighboring Turkey, where at least eight people have died, as well as in Italy and other parts of southern Europe where a record-breaking heat wave created unusually dry conditions and sparked a debate on the damage caused by climate change. .
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address Monday evening that authorities were doing “everything humanly possible” to put out fires across the country, which he described as a “natural disaster of unprecedented proportions”. The fires have destroyed more than 200,000 acres of forests in Greece, according to the meteorological service of the Athens National Observatory, Meteo, with areas of major concern over Evia and the southern Peloponnese peninsula.