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Greek state appeals Mati fire compensation for victims

The state has lodged an appeal against the only, so far, court decision awarding compensation to relatives of victims of the deadly fire in Mati, East Attica, in 2018. In December 2022, the court awarded 300,000 euros to five relatives of a 77-year-old woman from Neos Voutzas who burned to …

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Court rules compensation to relatives of Mati disaster victim

An Athens court has ruled that the state must pay 300,000 euros in emotional distress damages to the relatives of a 77-year-old woman who died in the eastern Attica wildfires of Mati on 23 July 2018. Five relatives of the victim, who died after leaving her home in the settlement …

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Prosecutor on Mati fires: “Lack of coordination, ineffective cooperation, incompetence, criminal mistakes”

A prosecutor investigating the causes of the deadly wildfire in Mati and eastern Attica in July 2018 proposed on Tuesday that a total of 27 people should stand trial for criminal negligence and omissions of state mechanisms and local authorities that led to the deaths of more than 100 people …

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Mati Fire: Prosecutor investigates to upgrade charges against 12 Fire Service officers

The Athens prosecutor investigates whether charges against 12 Fire Brigade officers during the devastating fire at Mati in 2018 will be upgraded to prosecution for fatal exposure of citizens to danger. the decision is expected to be announced. The upgrading of charges to criminal level is at the urging of …

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Mati fire: Investigator says he was pressured to cover up, ex Minister files against newspaper

It rains lawsuits following revelations about possible mishandling of the wildfire in Mati in July 2018/17 that cost the lives of over 100 people. Former Citizen Protection Minister filed a law suit against daily Kathimerini for the revelations, while the main Fire Service investigator filed a lawsuit saying that he …

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Mitsotakis Mati Tragedy: At UN he blames “climate change,” at home “Syriza”

Greeks were stunned to hear Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, saying on Monday that the devastating fire in Mati was due to the climate change. You see, ever since the disaster that caused the lives of 102 people in july 2018, New Democracy has been accusing the Regional governor of Attica, …

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Kostas Arvanitis: Hero who saved dozens from Mati fire passes away

Fisherman Kostas Arvanitis, the hero who rescued 70 people during the deadly fires in Mati in July 2018 passed away over the weekend. He was 70 years old and was fighting against cancer. There should be a small birthday party on 23. July 2018 with family and a few friends. …

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Survivors commemorate the 102 victims of Mati wildfire

Hearts broke for one more time and tears rolled down when survivors of the deadly fire gathered in Mati to commemorate the 102 souls that found torturing death on 23 July 2018. A national tragedy that took place just 30 km away from the Greek capital Athens. During the memorial …

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Antetokounmpo donates basketball court in memory of Mati wildfire victims

Giannis Antetokounmpo made a gesture full of symbolism that proves his social sensibilities and the close relationship he maintains with Greece. The 24-year-old Greek Freak and Milwaukee Bucks star donated the construction of a baskeball court in Rafina, East Attica. the donation has been made in the memory of the victims …

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Mati wildfire report: Cynical 199-operators, complete chaos in Fire Service

The prosecutors’ report on the Mati wildfire on 23. July 2018 highlights the complete lack of organization and operation, and reveals the shocking responses by the Fire Service operators to residents desperately calling for help. The anguished calls by distressed citizens fearing for their lives were met with the cynicism …

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20 charged for the wildfire in Mati that claimed 100 lives in July 2018

Greek authorities have charged 20 people with negligence in connection with the country’s deadliest wildfire in decades, which killed 100 and devastated the seaside town of Mati near Athens last year. Court officials say the suspects include the greater Athens regional authority chief, Rena Dourou, the mayors of Mati and …

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Greece’s Wildfires mechanism suffers from major deficiencies, lack of coordination

Lack of coordination and the broader deficiencies of the state mechanism in Fire protection have been pointed out in the report submitted by the Independent Committee for Wildfires management. The Committee was established to investigate the reason that led to the tragedy in July 2018 where 100 people died in …

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Touching moments when Marathon runners honor victims of wildfires in Mati

Touching moments took place on Sunday morning when participants at the 36. Marathon Race of Athens honored the victims and the survivors in Mati, the area with the most victims from the wildfires in July. Residents of Mati had flocked along the race track and greeted the athletes with black …

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Scandal on Athens wildfires investigation narrowly avoided

A scandal about possible delays and freezing of the investigation about the wildfires in Athens where 99 people lost their lives was narrowly avoided on Tuesday. The prosecutor of Greece’s top court Areios Pagos had to cancel her decision to “freeze” the ongoing investigation conducted by the head of the …

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Humanitarian aid from Trieste reaches people and animals in wildfires areas

With a truck loaded with goods for people and animals, volunteers from international charity organization Trieste United INGO Inc made it from North-East Italy to Mati and Rafina, the areas most affected by the deadly fires on  23. July 2018. It was the heartbreaking images from the the destroyed homes …

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Hearts melt as survivors gather to commemorate the victims of Athens wildfires

They were wearing white blouses and t-shirts and were holding flashlights. They wanted to symbolically light up the sky in the memory of the 96 people who lost their lives in the deadly wildfires of 23. July 2018. The event to commemorate the dead but also to honor those who …

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UPD Death toll rises to 90 after Athens wildfires victims die in hospital

Two more victims of Athens wildfires died over the weekend in hospitals of the Greek capital A 55-year-old woman died on Saturday night and an 85-year-old man on Sunday noon. Both were hospitalized in intensive care units since 23. July 2018. The woman had reportedly extensive burn on 90% of …

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City Counselors in fire-stricken areas demand Mayor’s resignation

The Municipality Council of Marathon in East Attica is in uproar. The overwhelming majority of city counselors are calling for the resignation of mayor Ilias Psinakis whom they consider as “dangerous for people’s safety.” The fire-stricken village of Mati where dozens of people lost their lives in the wildfires of  …

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Wildfires burn down 1260 hectares alone in Mati, East Attica

Detailed maps showing the extent of the burnt areas in eastern Attica were released on Monday by the forest fires monitoring centre of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) at the National Observatory of Athens. Using a system of Drones/UAV for high resolution spatial analysis, …

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