Greek Firefighters Battle To Extinguish Forest Blaze
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Sun 01st August 2021 | 12:30 PM
Athens, Aug 1 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Aug, 2021 ) :Nearly 300 firefighters, two water bomber planes and five helicopters were battling Sunday to put out a forest fire in Greece that has so far destroyed around 20 homes and injured eight people, authorities said.
Five villages have been evacuated and eight people hospitalised with burns and respiratory problems since the fire broke out early Saturday near Patras, in the Peloponnese, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) west of Athens, the firefighting service said.
Hospitals in Patras and the neighbouring city of Aigio were put on notice to admit any injured people, while the coastguard has been on standby to rescue any swimmers overcome by smoke.
According to the civil protection agency, 58 forest fires have 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.