ATHENS – Greek authorities have been around for more than ten days Working in the fight against forest fires. The worst of them is installed on the island of Eubeia, the second largest island in the country. This Sunday, more than 300 residents and tourists They were evacuated on boats due to the fire that destroyed homes and hit the area’s electricity grid. The news agency footage shows the tragedy of people surrounded by fire, against a background where the sky appears to be on fire.
“I feel angry.” I lost my home and nothing will remain. It is a huge disaster. Our villages have been destroyed, there is nothing left of our homes – said resident Vasilikia, in an interview with the Reuters news agency, while on board the rescue boat.
Hundreds of firefighters and military personnel are working on the island, and 17 planes and helicopters are used to contain the flames. Agents from Ukraine and Romania were also deployed to the area to assist the Greeks. On Friday, Euboea’s deputy governor, George Keliditis, described the situation as “the biggest disaster in 50 years”.
“We are in God’s hands. If people leave, villages will surely burn. In the next 40 years we will have no jobs, and in winter we will drown in floods without forests protecting us – lamented a resident Yanis Slimes, told AFP.
As across Europe, Greece struggled extreme atmosphere conditions This summer, a week-long heat wave – the worst in 30 years – caused simultaneous wildfires in many parts of the country. According to the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), more than 56,000 hectares were burned in this period, and so far, more than 2,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Turkey and Italy Face similar situations.
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