Dozen Homes Destroyed, Five Hospitalised In Greece Forest Fire
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Sun 01st August 2021 | 02:10 AM
Athens, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :Around a dozen homes were destroyed and five people were hospitalised with breathing problems Saturday in a forest fire near Patras, Greece's third largest city, authorities said.
Some 145 firefighters, 50 trucks, eight firefighting planes and helicopters have been mobilised to extinguish the fire in the Zeria region in the Peloponnese, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) west of Athens, the firefighting service said.
Around a dozen homes burned and five people experiencing breathing problems were transported to hospitals in the region, the civil protection authority said.
A motorway in the region was shut down as was the Rio-Antirrio bridge across the Gulf of Corinth connecting the Peloponnese and mainland Greece, the ANA news agency reported, but traffic resumed on Saturday evening.
Hospitals in Patras and the neighbouring city of Aigio had been put on notice to admit any injured people, while the coastguard have been on standby to rescue any swimmers overcome by smoke.
According to the civil protection agency, 56 forest fires had broken out over the past 24 hours, although most were quickly brought under control.
Greece is hit by forest fires every summer, but experts have warned that global warming increases both their frequency and intensity.