Violent fires continued Saturday for the 11th day in a row, destroying forests and homes to gain land in Greece, killing two people the previous day and causing mass evacuations.
At least 1,450 Greek firefighters, with the help of reinforcements from other countries, continued their fierce war against the five major fires on the island of Evia, 200 km east of Athens, and three islands on the Peloponnese Peninsula in the west. We learned from the firefighters.
In the north of Athens, the violent catastrophe progressed vigorously toward the east, and the capital’s largest water reserve, Lake Marathon, caused a dozen evacuations. As strong winds were forecast throughout the day, its dense smoke and pungent odor again spread through the capital overnight.
The highway connecting Athens to the north of the country was precautionarily cut off, and nearby immigrant camps were evacuated.
Police made two arrests Friday afternoon, according to the Greek news agency ANA.
A 43-year-old man arrested in the Gronery area is accused of setting fire to homes and businesses on Friday.
A woman was arrested in a park in Athens because authorities banned her from visiting parks and forests.Extreme fire riskAccording to the ANA, the offender was in possession of two lighters, petrol and flammable materials.
On the island of Evia, more than 1,300 people were evacuated by boat overnight from the coastal village of Limni, surrounded by fire. More than two dozen people were evacuated Saturday morning from Rovis beach on this vast island in the east of the country, according to Greek media.
Local authorities have asked for more air support to effectively fight the violent fire in Evia.
Be sure to reforest
At the headquarters of firefighters in Athens on Saturday morning, Greek Prime Minister Griagos Mitsodakis promised to quickly deforest areas affected by the fire. “When this terrible summer is over, we will repair all the damage quickly.He told reporters.Priority will be given to reforestation of burnt areas“.
Hundreds of hectares were burned on the Beloponnese Peninsula, east of Olympia’s archeological site and in the Mani and Messinia areas.
More than 5,000 residents and tourists were forced to flee the disaster at the bell, where Mayor Eleni Dragoloko estimated 50% of the burned area east of the mountain and tourist region.
The mayor condemned the absence of water bombers on ERT television at the first critical moment of the crash.
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