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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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Police arrest serial arsonist for having started 9 wildfires on Evia

Police has arrested a 32-year-old Greek man, a serial arsonist as investigation proved, for having started nine wildfires on the island of Evia in the months of June, July and August. According to a Fire Service statement, the man has been arrested following investigation by the relevant department. He has …

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Insurance claims for Athens wildfires amount €33.7 million at least

The total of initial insurance payouts for the deadly fires in Attica on July 23 amount to 33.7 million euros at least, the Association of Insurance Companies of Greece (EAEE) announced on Tuesday. According to data provided by member insurance companies, EAEE said that compensation on property claims (homes and …

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Demolitions of burned down houses begin in East Attica

Bulldozers started to demolish houses in East Attica on Monday, almost a motnh after the deadly wildfires.  Three houses in Kokkino Limanaki and one in Mati are the first to fall. The houses do not belong to the category of “illegal buildings.” They are houses that have been characterized as …

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Missing cat returns to burned down home 23 days after the deadly wildfire

Cat Pipis disappeared on 23. July when the deadly wildfire was raging in East Attica. His owners desperately looked for him but they had to leave the area and him behind in order to escape the flames and possible death. They didn’t give up hope, though. They put flyers all …

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Death toll rises to 96 after one more fire victim dies in hospital

A 68-year-old man died in KAT hospital in Athens late on Tuesday increasing the death toll in Athens wildfires to rose to 96. Another fire victim, a 63-year-old man, died on Monday. Twenty two days after the deadly fires in Mati and Neos Voutzas in East Attica and 29 people …

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One more fire victim dies in hospital, death toll increases to 95

Death toll in Athens wildfires rose to 95 on Monday after one more fire victim died in hospital in Athens.  The latest victim is a 63-year-old man in KAT hospital. Twenty one days after the deadly fires in Mati and Neos Voutzas in East Attica and 30 people are reportedly …

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Greece establishes new Emergency Response Service to deal with natural disasters

The General Secretariat for Greece’s Civil Protection is abolished and replaced by a new agency, the National Emergency Response Service. The radical change comes 18 days after the deadly wildfires in Athens with 93 people dead during which is Civil Protection was practically absent. The new public service will be …

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Greece’s international Tourism not affected by the Athens wildfires

Greece’s tourism has not been affected by the Athens wildfires that raged in East Attica towards the end of July, international sector experts say. This has not only to do with the fact that the fire-stricken areas in East Attica, some 30 km away from Athens are more a summer …

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Kyle Hines heartwarming letter: Greece is more than a country

From a hotel room thousands miles away from Greece,  professional basketball player Kyle Terrel Hines shared his thoughts about a country, that has been devastated by the wildfires killing dozens of people. Hines wrote a heartwarming letter sharing his thought and feelings the moment he saw East Attica on fire. …

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Lack of communication between Fire Service and Police during deadly Athens wildfire

Official documents proving the disorganization of Fire Service and Police on the day of the deadly wildfires in Athens are on their way to prosecutor investigating the causes and responsibilities that led to the death 0f 91 people. There was no proper coordination, no organization and no communication between the …

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Civil Protection General Secretary resigns over Wildfires Tragedy

The General Secretary of Greece’s Civil Protection Giannis Kapakis submitted his resignation on Monday, exactly two weeks after the wildfires tragedy that cost the lives of so far 91 people. The resignation comes a fay after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras replaced the chiefs of Fire  Service and Police.He replaced them …

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