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Mitsotakis: “Counterbalance” to wildfires damages “is good economy performance”

Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis unpleasantly surprised with a statement massively lacking empathy and suggesting that the only thing that can “counterbalance” sombre mood in Greece due to extensive wildfires damages is the “good performance of economy.” While the wildfire in Evros, NE Greece, keeps raging for almost two weeks, …

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More than 120,000 hectares burned in 2023 Greece wildfires

More than 120,000 hectares of land have burned across Greece in 2023 up until Wednesday according to the National Observatory of Athens’ Meteo.gr. At the same time, the European Observatory of Forest Fires noted the 2023 Greece wildfires’ burned land area is three times larger than the average annually burned …

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Wildfires on Crete partly under control (video)

Firefighters were still trying to put out a fire on Wednesday evening that broke out in the afternoon between the villages of Venerato and Kiparissi in Heraklio  prefecture on the island of Crete. The fire started burning low brush in an area called Sinapi. A total of 13 firefighters with …

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1,470 wildfires in July burned 470,000 acres in Greece

A total of 1,470 wildfires occurred in the month of July, Civil Protection and Climate Crisis Minister Vassilis Kikilias announced on Tuesday. These wildfires burned 470,000 acres, the meteo service of the National Observatory of Athens said in a report evaluating the impact of the heatwave in July 2023. In …

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Zeibekiko amid wildfires cost Attica governor Patoulis ND support (video)

Ruling New Democracy officially withdrew its support to Attica Regional Governor Giorgos Patoulis on Monday morning. Ahead of the local elections in October, the press office of ND announced the deputy Defense Minister, Nikos Hardalias, as its candidate. Reason for Patoulis’ support withdrawal was a short video showing him relaxing …

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Citizens’ Protection Minister resigns after sea trip amid wildfires crisis

Minister of Citizens’ Protection Notis Mitarakis resigned early Friday afternoon, citing “personal reasons.” The Prime Minister has accepted his resignation, its the official government position, while the background is politically more juicy: “it was PM Mitsotakis who asked his resignation,” state ERT TV reported. Mitarakis’ resignation follows an article by …

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Over 23 firefighters injured during the wildfires in Greece in the last days

23 professional firefighters and three volunteers have been injured in the several wildfires that have been burning in Greece since last Sunday. 3 firefighters are hospitalized with burn injuries, while 20 remain in hospital with respiratory problems. One firefighter collapsed on Wednesday during the battle against the flames near Megara …

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High risk of wildfires in several Greece’s regions, July 15-16

With temperatures in Greece reaching over 40 degrees Celsius and a prolonged dry weather, the Civil Protection issued a wildfires hazard warning for Saturday, July 15, 2023. According to the fire hazard prediction map published by the Civil Protection Agency, five regions are considered to be at very high risk …

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Forest fire on Zakynthos; 133 wildfires in last 24 hours (video)

A big forest fire is raging in a difficult to access area on the island of Zakynthos on Monday, with firefighters and aerial means to try to combat the blaze and hinder it from reaching residential area. The fire broke out short after 4 o’ clock in the afternoon and …

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378 wildfires across Greece in a week; Risk map for July 7

A total of 378 wildfires were recorded nationwide over the last 7 days, Fire Brigade’s spokesperson Fire Major Giannis Artopios said at a press briefing on Wednesday. 41 forest fires broke out in the last 24 hours. Given the particular conditions that prevailed, with high temperatures, increased wind intensity as …

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TIME magazine picks symbol picture of Evia wildfires as “Best Photo of 2021”

Editors of Time magazine picked as the Best of 2021 the heartbreaking photo of a desperate elderly woman with the flames of the wild fires nearing her home in Evia in the background. The picture was taken by photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis for the agency SOOC on August 8, 2021. On …

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Greeks in USA raise $1million for wildfires victims, says Archbishop of America

Greek expatriates in the United States have raised $1 million to donate to the victims of August’s fires in Greece, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announced on Tuesday. Elpidophoros made the announcement in Kardamyla, on the northern Aegean island of Chios, where a dinner was hosted in his honor. “The pollution …

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