A number of European countries will assist Greece in combating severe fires that engulfed forests in central Attica. This was announced on Thursday, August 5, at a briefing by the Deputy Minister of Citizens Protection Nikos Hardalias.
We are talking, in particular, about Cyprus, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Romania.
“Thus, 40 firefighters have arrived from Cyprus, who are fighting the fire in Ano Varibombi (Attica region), two Cypriot aircraft are involved in Crete,” said Hardalias.
According to him, two planes and 83 firefighters from France are expected at night, two more planes will arrive from Sweden on Friday, August 6. 112 firefighters in 23 vehicles are also expected from Romania on Friday, and three helicopters from Switzerland.
He said that Athens turned to the European Civil Protection Mechanism for assistance in extinguishing the fires.
Earlier, on August 4, it became known that Russia is also helping Greece in extinguishing large forest fires.
The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) indicated that Greece faced the strongest heat since 1987.
So, fires this week broke out on the island of Evia (Evia), where it was necessary to preemptively evacuate several villages in the mountains. In the Athens area, a wildfire led to the blocking of the highway connecting the capital with the north and south of the country.
In addition, fires broke out in the Peloponnese, where the most serious fire was recorded. A Russian Be-200 amphibious aircraft arrived there to help extinguish the fire in the area of ancient Olympia. It is noted that the fire did not spread to the area where the hotels are located, therefore, nothing threatens the life and health of guests on vacation in this region.