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Evia wildfire mostly under control on Sunday; Fire Service on alert (picts)

The wildfire front on the island of Evia was mostly under control, authorities said on Sunday, almost 24 hours after a fire broke out in the forest area between the villages Kremasto and Gaia, forcing the evacuation of the first, late on Saturday night. Firefighters and aerial means managed to …

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Hiker missing on Evia during rainstorm has been found

A hiker who went missing on Mount Dirfi during the rain- and thunderstorm that swept across Greece has been found. The 36-year-old man called the emergency service of the Fire Service on Wednesday night to say he had lost his way in the storm and was trying to make his …

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Carmel: Snow on mountains in NW Attica, villages in Evia without power

Bad weather front Carmel has brought snow in Athens even at low altitudes of 300 meters. Carmel is pounding central and south Greece with snow, freezing temperatures and ice cold winds since Friday afternoon. Several villages on Evie without electricity. Snow has been heavily falling in North-West Attica and authotiries …

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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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Evia shepherd missing in the floods, found dead, his car broken apart

A 70-year-old shepherd from Evia who had been missing in the floods since Thursday was found dead early Friday afternoon. The man had gone to check for his animals as stormy weather front Ballos was striking the area with heavy rainfall. The shepherd had called the Fire Service short after …

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Minister calls for revocation of wind turbines permits in fire-stricken Evia

The Energy Regulatory Authority must revoke the licenses for wind turbines it has approved for Istiea, in fire-devastated northern Evia, Environment & Energy Minsiter Kostas Skrekas demanded in a letter on Monday. In a letter to the authority’s president, Athanassios Dagoumas, the minister expressed his surprise at the decision, stressing …

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“I screamed Help! when I didn’t see my husband” says the woman-symbol of Evia fires

Panagiota Ritsopi,  81 years old: An elderly woman in black, screaming in agony as the flames swallow the forest and threaten her home. The woman who became the face of the tragedy in Evia. Her picture taken by Konstantinos Tsakalidis became the symbol of the devastation the fires engraved in …

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Fires menacing, more villages evacuated in Evia, south Peloponnese (videos)

Fire fronts in northern Evia are still active on Tuesday, the eight day since the devastating blaze burned down thousands of hectares of forest and agricultural land, houses and businesses, farming animals and wildlife. Evacuations took place also short before noon. At the same time, several fires in south Peloponnese …

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Greek PM promises immediate aid to fire victims, apologizes half-hearten

With half-hearten “apologies” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the nation on Monday evening promising measures and support to the fire-stricken people and destroyed eocnomies. He apologized over possible failures in tackling devastating blazes, said that those responsible will be held to account that burned areas will be reforested and …

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Shock and Awe in Evia: Drone footage shows extend of destruction

For the 7th consecutive day the flames in northern Evia are swallowing forest, wildlife, villages, houses, farming animals and agricultural land and force thousands of horrified people to flee. Over 6,000 acres are estimated to have been burned down since the blaze started a week ago. In cooperation with the …

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