The fire continues to burn villages and lands. Evia Island, the largest island in Greece Left over from the fire Sunday, August 8, the twelfth day of the catastrophe that befell Greece. “From what we see, the fire is nowhere near being under control.”, Mayor of Mandaue in Avia said on Sky TV.
This landscape wedge between Attica and Aegean, on Sunday, provided an apocalyptic panorama. On the roads, residents sprayed their land with water, while sparks engulfed the woods. On the other hand, at the gates of Athens, Greek firefighters said the disaster, which destroyed dozens of homes, factories and businesses, was under control Sunday.
With temperatures above 40 degrees, Greece, but also Turkey, is experiencing exceptional heat waves; Prime Minister Kriagos Mitsodakis says it is the worst for the Greeks in thirty years. Dozens of fires there killed eight people in Turkey, two in Greece and three in serious injuries.
Although most fires were brought under control in Turkey on Sunday, firefighters are battling the blaze on both sides of the Aegean Sea: in the Turkish region of Mughal, southwest of the country and on the peninsula. 300 kilometers west of Athens.
“The situation is bad”
The first concern of Greek firefighters was Sunday, Yupoya, a mountain island covered with pines, which traditionally attracts Greek and foreign tourists. “We experienced fire, but this situation is unheard of”.
Despite the rough terrain, nearly 500 firefighters continue their fierce fight against the fire in the north of the island, which was shrouded in a thick cloud of smoke and ash on Sunday. Among them were about 200 firefighters from Ukraine and Romania, fortified by seven water bomb planes and helicopters, Greek fire services said.
Further “Forces are not enough”, Was assessed by the Deputy Governor of Upoya, Giorgos Gelatcidis. “The situation is worse at the moment.”. According to him, at least 35,000 hectares and hundreds of houses were burned. “We are fighting a Titanic fight, but it will take a long time to rebuild.”, He added.
56,000 hectares were destroyed
Authorities estimated the main front of the fire was 30 kilometers wide on Saturday. “The forehead is very big. We are trying to save the village, but the means are not enough.”, Lamented Nikos PapioAnno. “It’s dramatic. We’ll all go to sea. »
About 2,000 islanders have been evacuated and relocated to hotels. The Coast Guard said it was on high alert as more waters and warships were evacuated by sea, while 350 additional residents were rescued off the coast of Pefkie on Sunday.
As the flames moved towards the city of Istia on Sunday morning, houses and pine forests engulfed Iraklis, a resident, rated on open television “40,000 people will live as dead in the next few years due to the destruction of this region.”.
In Beloponnese, the main terminals in the areas of Mani, Ilia and Messini, where many villages were evacuated on Saturday, are also operational on Sundays. According to the European Wildfire Information System, more than 56,000 hectares have been destroyed in Greece in the last ten days. Between 2008 and 2020, an average of about 1,700 hectares were burned during the same period.