EU Water Bombers Join Greek Firemen To Douse Island Wildfire
Faizan Hashmi 4 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 01:37 PM
Greece deployed Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU firebombers to try to put out a massive wildfire on the island of Evia burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day
Athens, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - APP - 15th Aug, 2019 ) :Greece deployed Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU firebombers to try to put out a massive wildfire on the island of Evia burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day.
"The forest has been totally destroyed," local community head Dimitris Yiannoutsos told web TV Open of the 550-hectare mountain wildlife sanctuary of Agrilitsa.
EU Humanitarian Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Wednesday called the mobilisation of Greek forces "exemplary" after emergency crews managed to save inhabited areas.
But no other injuries or respiratory problems that required hospitalisation have been reported.
Greece has been hit by a spate of wildfires since the weekend, fanned by gale-force winds and temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
- Climate change 'taking toll' - "Climate change is taking its toll on southern Europe and that is why it is imperative at European level to strengthen the EU rescue mechanism," Mitsotakis said Wednesday.
He paid tribute to the fire crews coping with an average of 50 forest blazes daily.
Other fires on Tuesday were contained on the island of Thassos, the central region of Viotia, and in the Peloponnese region.
On Monday, a major blaze threatening homes in Peania, an eastern suburb of Athens, was brought under control. At least two houses were burned and radio broadcast equipment was damaged on nearby Mount Ymittos.