The serious fires continued to spread this Saturday in Greece for the 11th consecutive day, destroying forests and residential areas, with a balance of two dead on Friday and thousands of homeless.
At least 1,450 Greek firefighters, aided by reinforcements from other countries, are fighting five major fires: north of Athens, on the island of Euboea, 200 km east of the capital, and three outbreaks on the Peloponnese peninsula, west of the country.
North of Athens, the fire was advancing eastwards towards Lake Marathon, the capital’s largest water reserve, after causing the flight of residents from various locations. Smoke dominated the capital at night.
The highway connecting Athens with the north of the country remains closed as a precaution and nearby migrant camps have been evacuated.
Police arrested two people accused of alleged arson on Friday, according to the Greek news agency ANA.
On the island of Euboea, more than 1,300 people were taken by boat overnight from the coastal town of Limni, surrounded by flames.
And more than 20 people were removed this Saturday from Rovies beach, on the same island.
Local authorities asked for more air support to fight the fire.
“When this nightmarish summer is over, we will repair all the damage as quickly as possible,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the press at Athens fire headquarters.
He promised to prioritize “the reforestation of burned areas”.
On the Peloponnese peninsula, hundreds of hectares were burned east of the Olimpia archaeological site and in the Mani and Mesenia regions.
More than 5,000 residents and tourists were forced to flee the Mani catastrophe, where Mayor Eleni Drakoulakou said 50% of the eastern mountain tourist region was affected by the flames.
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