Thousands of people were forced to leave the country’s second-largest Greek island of Jupiter by boat this Sunday (8). Today is the 12th day of the fire. The army helped put out the fire. Greece is facing the biggest heat wave in three decades.
The fire also threatens the capital, Athens, and the historic part of Olympia, the cradle of the Olympics. The Greek prime minister has said the country is enjoying a summer of dreams.
Countries such as France, Switzerland, Spain and Egypt sent firefighters to help put out the blaze. In addition, the fire also affected neighboring Turkey, which was able to reduce the fire.
“The war continues,” said Greek Deputy Minister of Civil Defense Nicos Hartalias, who called it “another difficult night” for firefighters.
This Sunday (8) locals gesture while holding an empty water pipe in an attempt to extinguish a wildfire in Greece
August 8, 2021 A man uses a tree branch to put out a fire in the village of Pefki on the Greek island of Avia. – Photo: REUTERS / Nikolas Economou
While most fires were under control in Turkey on Sunday, wildfires continued on Greece’s second largest island, Yupoia, raising serious concerns.
“For the next 40 years we have no work, we will drown in the winter, and there are no forests to protect us,” said Yannis Selimis, a desperate resident of Goose, north of Jupiter.
“We are in the hands of God. There is no government. If people leave, the cities will definitely burn,” the 26-year-old said.
On August 8, 2021, a firefighter pulls a pipe in the village of Pefki on the Greek island of Evia. – Photo: REUTERS / Nikolas Economou
Fires are also burning in the southwestern Peloponnese, but outside Athens, on the other hand, Greek firefighters say a fire that burned dozens of homes died Sunday.
A helicopter evacuates an injured firefighter in northern Athens.
Greece and Turkey, two neighbors affected by the worst heat wave in decades, have been battling the blaze for nearly two weeks. Experts attribute higher temperatures to climate change.
So far, two have died in Greece and eight in Turkey, and dozens more have been hospitalized.
The fire is mostly under control in Turkey, although the fire is still burning on Sunday in the tourist southwestern province of Makala.
In Greece, firefighters continued to fight the blaze north of the island of Yupoya, which arose on Sunday in thick smoke and ash, the AFP team confirmed.
Burnt for six days, this landscape between Attica and the Aegean Sea provided an apocalypse. On the roads, villagers sprayed their land with water, while flames continued to burn wood.
Thousands of hectares of pine forests have been destroyed by fire in Yupoya, Greece’s second largest island, 200 km east of Athens.
The front of the fire will go up to about 30km, the area’s governor, Fanis Spanos, estimated on Saturday.
“The front is huge. We are trying to save the city, but the means are not good enough,” Nicos Papayano, a resident of Goose, told AFP on Sunday.
“The situation is dramatic. We are all going to end up at sea,” he added.
More than 1,300 people were rescued by sea from the island on Friday and Saturday.
Boats and warships are on alert along the coast, and evacuations are required.
According to the Greek company ANA, a dozen residents were rescued on the beach surrounded by fire this Sunday morning.
The huge mountain island, which is usually covered with pine trees that attract domestic and foreign tourists, has become a nightmare for firefighters due to its rugged terrain.
“After what we saw, we did not seem to be close enough to control the fire,” said Manduti Meyer, a mayor in Ubia.
“I no longer have the voice to demand more air assets,” he complained to Sky TV.
About 260 Greek firefighters, with the help of 100 vehicles and backed by more than 200 colleagues from Ukraine and Romania, were stationed north of the island this Sunday morning by seven planes and helicopters, firefighters said.
The fire also engulfed homes in the villages of Ellinka, Vasilica and Saropoli, destroying hundreds of homes in the area.
“Forty thousand people will live undead in the next few years due to the devastation of the region,” Iraklis, a neighbor of Istia, told Open TV.
On Saturday, Deputy Civil Defense Minister Nicos Hartalias said about 2,000 people who had been rescued from the island of Yupoya had been given temporary shelter.
On Saturday, there were 55 active eruptions across the country, five of which were significant.
According to the European Wildfire Information Agency (EFFIS), more than 56,000 hectares have been burned in Greece in the past ten days. During the same period from 2008 to 2020, an average of about 1,700 hectares were burned.