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Wildfires rage outside Athens, villages evacuated

LAVRIO, Greece, Aug 16 – Two wildfires, fanned by powerful winds, raged out of control around Athens on Monday, forcing the evacuation of villages, but there had been no fast reviews of casualties.

More than 500 wildfires have damaged out in new weeks throughout Greece, which, like other nations around the world in the Mediterranean area together with Turkey and Tunisia, has observed some of its best temperatures in many years.

On Monday, a blaze broke out on a mountain around the port town of Lavrio, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Athens, sending thick plumes of smoke above a fast paced beach, where by windsurfers were using the waves.

At the very least 91 firefighters, assisted by 6 water-bombing planes and six helicopters, tried out to consist of the fire, which broke out in an space of minimal vegetation and distribute to pine trees. A few villages were being ordered to evacuate.

A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop as a wildfire burns in the village of Markati, near Athens, Greece, August 16, 2021.
Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

A different blaze broke out in a forested place in close proximity to the village of Vilia north of the capital, close to a children’s summer months camp, authorities explained. Five helicopters and five firefighting planes have been dispatched there. Vilia is just around 50 km from Athens.

The most important fire, on the island of Evia around the funds, burned for extra than a week earlier in August right before staying contained, ravaging swathes of forest in the island’s north and forcing the evacuation of thousands of men and women by sea.

Primary Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologized for failures in tackling the fires. The governing administration announced a 500-million-euro aid package for Evia and the Attica region around Athens.

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