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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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Prime Minister Tsipras visits areas damaged by the wildfires

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the areas stroke by the deadly wildfires on Monday morning. Without having previously informed the media about the visit, the prime minister walked for an hour mainly in Mati and talked with locals, firefighters and  volunteers. On his twitter account, Alexis Tsipras posted: “I  visited …

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Mati nightmare: Dozens hold their beloved ones above water (picts, videos)

Images of the apocalyptic hours dozens of people experienced at the Silver Beach in Mati in East Attica on Monday, 23. July 2018. Dozens of people are standing in the water waiting for help. Dozens of people hold tight their beloved ones above the water waiting for help. for hours. …

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Danish tourist rescued by Greek Navy 4.5 NM off Mati wildfires (video)

The Greek Navy released a video footage showing the rescue of a Danish tourist who had jumped into the sea to escape the rushing flames in East Attica. The tourist  from Denmark was spotted swimming 4.5 nautical miles, some 7.5 km, off the coast of Mati, state broadcaster ERT reported …

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“As if we were in a horror movie”: Survivors speak about Athens wildfires

“It was as if we were in a horror movie,” say survivors when they speak about their experience and how they managed to escape death in the wildfires in North-east Athens and Attica. “We were seeing the flames and the smoke on the mountain and our friends were telling us …

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