wildfires

    • New minister will manage wildfire damages in Greece

      New minister will manage wildfire damages in Greece

      New deputy minister will be responsible for aid and recovery from natural disasters in Greece. Christos Triantopoulos was appointed by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday in attempt to defuse growing anger over the struggle to curb wildfires. The new position is created to compensate businesses and families hard hit by recent blazes, Reuters reported.

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    • Greek wildfires the greatest ecological catastrophe in decades, PM says

      Greek wildfires the greatest ecological catastrophe in decades, PM says

      Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday that the devastating wildfires that burned across the country for more than a week were the greatest ecological catastrophe Greece had seen in decades, AP reported. The fires broke out as the country roasted during the most intense and protracted heat wave experienced in around 30 years. Hundreds of wildfires broke out across the country, stretching Greece’s firefighting capabilities to the limit and leading the government to appeal for help from abroad. Hundreds of firefighters, along with planes, helicopters and vehicles, arrived from 24 European and Middle Eastern countries to assist.

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    • Greek PM apologises for wildfires catastrophe

      Greek PM apologises for wildfires catastrophe

      Greece's prime minister apologised on Monday to his compatriots for failures in tackling the wildfires tearing across the country, news wires reported. "I completely understand the pain of our fellow citizens who saw their homes or property burning. We may have done what was humanly possible, but in many cases it was not enough," Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a TV address.

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    • EU continues to coordinate assistance for Greece and other countries, hit by fires

      EU continues to coordinate assistance for Greece and other countries, hit by fires

      The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to channel support to help combat unprecedented forest fires in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean, EC Press service reported on Monday. Following requests from Greece, North Macedonia, Albania, Italy and Turkey, the European Union has now helped mobilise 14 firefighting planes, 3 helicopters, some 1,300 rescuers and 250 vehicles.

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    • Mass evacuations in Greek residential areas as fires rage on

      Mass evacuations in Greek residential areas as fires rage on

      Thousands of tourists and residents were evacuated and a thick cloud of smoke and ash hung over Athens on Saturday as forests fires that have already killed two people raged for an 11th day in parts of Greece, AFP reported. At least 1,450 Greek firefighters were battling the infernos along with 15 aircraft, with reinforcements arriving from other countries, the fire service said. The blazes are set to continue with strong winds and temperatures of up to 38 degrees C forecast in some regions on Saturday.

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    • Hundreds evacuated from an island near Athens as wildfires rage

      Hundreds evacuated from an island near Athens as wildfires rage

      Hundreds of people were evacuated by boat from an island near Athens as Greece braced for a fourth day of wildfires on Friday with emergency services forecasting strong winds and searing temperatures, Reuters reported. Coastguard vessels assisted by tourist boats have picked up 631 people since late Thursday from three beaches on the island of Evia, where the flames have burned through a vast area of pine forest since Tuesday and reached the sea. They were all moved to safety and sea patrols are continuing in case of emergency, a coastguard official said.

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    • EU helps Italy, Greece, Albania, North Macedonia to fight fires

      EU helps Italy, Greece, Albania, North Macedonia to fight fires

      As forest fires continue affecting various regions in the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, the European Commission is swiftly mobilising support to assist countries in limiting the spread of the fires and protect lives and livelihoods. On Wednesday two Canadair firefighting airplanes from France were sent to affected areas in Italy to start firefighting operations today. Two firefighting planes from Cyprus are supporting Greece, on top of a firefighting team to support operations on the ground.

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    • Water-dropping planes, helicopters resume fight against fires north of Athens

      Water-dropping planes, helicopters resume fight against fires north of Athens

      Firefighting planes resumed operation on Wednesday morning in Greece to tackle a major forest fire on the northern outskirts of Athens that forced thousands to flee their homes the previous day amid the country’s worst heat wave in decades, AP reported. The fire in the Varibobi and Tatoi suburbs of the Greek capital was the worst of 81 wildfires that broke out around the country in 24 hours from late Monday to late Tuesday. Five water-dropping planes and nine helicopters were helping more than 500 firefighters, soldiers and numerous volunteer groups on the ground, the fire department said.

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    • The fire on the Greek island of Rhodes goes out of control

      The fire on the Greek island of Rhodes goes out of control

      A fire on the popular holiday island of Rhodes that broke out on Sunday was burning out of control on Monday due to extreme drought and strong winds, dpa reported, citing fire department's statement. Hotel facilities on Rhodes are not affected so far by fire and heavy smoke, but three villages in the west of the island's capital were ordered to evacuate. There were temporary power outages across large parts of the island on Sunday evening.

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