The forest areas of Greece continue to burn and thousands of people flee the flames, especially in Attica, the Athens region, which continues to be devastated by fire despite the incessant work of firefighters, firefighting planes and volunteers, with forces and means also coming from abroad .
The forests are burning in the mountains of Parnitha, in Agios Stefanos and Malakasa, north of the capital.
But the most alarming situation – reported by the Hellenic media – is that of the island of Evia (or Euboea, northeast of Athens), where between Friday and Saturday thousands of people had to leave towns and rural areas. About 300 families lost their homes, turned to rubble and ashes.
The inhabitants were brought to safety on ferries, while 15 military ships were ready to intervene and remove other people from the place, if necessary.
A helicopter launches water on the sources of fire in Tatoi, north of Athens, in Greece, this Saturday. Photo: AP
The dramatic videos Nightlights sent from the island showed high flames behind people boarding the ferries.
This Saturday the order was given to evacuate the island communities of Milies, Galatsades and Kamatriades, a directive sent via text message to cell phones.
By this means, residents were invited to move to Istiaia.
North of Athens, particularly in Thrakomakedones and Varybombi, in Parnitha, where several houses have already burned and fires continued to advance this Saturday, police and firefighters tried to evacuate residents who refused to leave their properties.
Between the centers of Ippokratio Politia and Malakasa, along the Athens-Lamia highway, now reopened, a large area covered with pine forests was burned and attempts were made to prevent the flames from advancing towards the town of Oropos.
A reception center for migrants was evacuated on Friday in Malakasa and some 2,000 people were transferred to other locations.
Other fires broke out in front of Agios Stefanos and destroyed houses in the small towns of Pefkofyto and Pontia, as ravenous flames moved around Lake Marathon in the morning.
An image of the town of Pefkofito, in the north of Athens, devastated by fire. Photo: AFP
The emergency number 112 sent a message on Saturday at 6 a.m. calling for evacuation from the areas of Agia Skepi, Agia Paraskevi, Kapitenia, Vrysaki, Loufos Kouremenos, around Varybombi.
An alert was also sent, again via text message, to the southern Aegean islands. Is that due to high temperatures and strong wind, there is a danger of fires, after those that hit Rhodes in recent days.
And the flames continued to burn for days in acres of greenery near ancient Olympia (where fires are burning on three fronts), on the Mani peninsula and in Melpeia, in the Messinia region, both in the Peloponnese.
TOPSHOT – Police officers help firefighters to extinguish a fire in Thrakomakedones, near Mount Parnitha, north of Athens, on August 7, 2021. – Hundreds of firefighters battled a blaze on the outskirts of Athens as several fires raged in Greece. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)
The Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Chardalias, spoke this Saturday about 55 fires still active, while Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the Joint Operations Coordination Center of the Fire Brigade in Chalandri, a district north of Athens.
For Mitsotakis, quoted by the Iefimerida portal, “the situation today is a little better than yesterday.” “We must continue with great intensity the effort to limit all fires and avoid the risks of re-ignition,” he added.
“The priority in recent days has been first the protection of human life and, as far as possible, protecting property, especially to prevent fire from reaching inhabited centers, where the damage would be enormous. And obviously the protection of critical infrastructures, especially electricity. Everything is a great effort “, completed Mitsotakis.