Blaze sweeps through Athens suburbs on day 5 of forest fires in Greece – .

Blaze sweeps through Athens suburbs on day 5 of forest fires in Greece – .

The Mount Parnitha fire on the outskirts of Athens has forced the evacuation of thousands since Thursday evening, with emergency teams facing high winds and temperatures as they fight to contain its spread .

Forest fires have broken out in many parts of the country amid Greece’s worst heat wave in more than 30 years, tearing apart tens of thousands of hectares of forests, destroying homes and businesses and killing animals. Temperatures have been topping 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) all week.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, speaking after visiting the main fire control center in Athens on Saturday, called it “a nightmarish summer”, adding that the government’s priority “has been, above all, to protect the human lives ”.

The government was planning to reimburse those affected by the fires and would designate the burnt lands as reforestation areas, he said.

More than 700 firefighters, including Cypriot, French and Israeli reinforcements, were deployed to fight the blaze north of Athens, assisted by the army and water bombers.
On Saturday night, high winds pushed the blaze into the town of Thrakomakedones, where it burned houses. Residents were ordered to evacuate and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

“(It’s) really bad,” said Thanasis Kaloudis, a resident of the town. “All of Greece has burned down. “

The fires on Euboea, Greece’s second largest island, are scattered across the Gulf of Euboea, facing the Aegean Sea.

On Friday evening, hundreds of people, including many elderly residents, were evacuated by ferry from the town of Limni on Evia as flames reached the shore and the sky turned apocalyptic red.

Authorities have fought more than 400 wildfires across the country in the past 24 hours, with the largest fronts still burning in northern Athens, Evia and parts of the Peloponnese including Mani, Messinia and the ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games.

A man died Friday after being injured by an electricity pylon in a burnt-out area near Athens, and at least nine others were injured, authorities said.

Residents of the northern suburbs of Athens were forced to leave in a hurry with the few belongings they can take.

“Our business, our house, all our belongings are there. I hope they don’t burn, ”said Yorgos Papaioannou, 26, on Friday, sitting in a parking lot with his girlfriend as ashes fell from the smoke around them. sky.

He had left the town of Polydendri when the police ordered him and his girlfriend to leave. Read more

In neighboring Turkey, authorities are fighting the country’s worst forest fires. Flames sweeping through its southwestern coastal regions forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. In Italy, hot winds have fanned the flames on the island of Sicily this week.


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