Connect with us

World

Fire devours the forests of the Greek island; residents urged to flee

Published

on

Fire devours the forests of the Greek island;  residents urged to flee
PEFKI: Pillars of smoke and ash lit the sky orange and blocked the sun over Greece’s second-largest island on Sunday when a multi-day wildfire engulfed virgin forests and invaded villages, prompting more evacuation alerts . The fire in Evia, an island of forested mountains and canyons intertwined with small coves of crystal clear water, started on August 3 and tore through the popular summer destination from coast to coast as it burned uncontrollably.
Dozens of homes and businesses have been destroyed and thousands of residents and tourists have fled, many escaping the flames through flotillas that even operated in the dead of night.
The fire is the most severe of dozens to erupt in the wake of Greece’s longest heat wave in three decades, which raised temperatures to 45 degrees Celsius (113 F) for days, creating completely dry conditions.
“It is already too late, the area has been destroyed,” lamented Giannis Kontzias, mayor of the municipality of Istiaia, in the north of Evia, on the open television of Greece. He was one of several local officials and residents who turned to Greek television networks for more help in fighting fires, especially from water-dropping planes and helicopters.
Residents of nearby villages had been urged to head to Istiaia, a city of 7,000 that firefighters fought to save overnight.
In dramatic scenes Sunday afternoon, swift flames invaded the coastal town of Pefki on the island’s north coast, burning trees on the margins and entering the courtyards of houses. At least one house was on fire.
Panicked residents ran with water tanks, hoses and branches in a seemingly futile effort to extinguish the flames.
Acrid, suffocating smoke hung in the orange-gray air, turning the day into an apocalyptic twilight as people made their way to Pefki’s pebble beach, dragging suitcases, grabbing pets, and helping elderly relatives.
About 350 people had boarded the ferry even before the flames reached the village, the coast guard said, while another 23 were rescued from other beaches in northern Evia.
A ferry, coast guard patrol boats, navy vessels and other vessels were on standby to evacuate residents.
Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday for four villages in northern Evia, including Pefki, but many residents refused to leave in hopes of saving their properties.
In the vicinity of Gouves, huge flames leaped from the treetops, devouring the pine forest that led to the village. Some residents remained in the picturesque mountain town, spraying houses with water from garden hoses in a last-ditch effort to save them.
Others used bulldozers to clear trees and shrubs, hoping to create rudimentary firebreaks.
The head of civil protection, Nikos Hardalias, said the Evia fire was burning on two fronts, one to the north and one to the south.
He said conditions there were particularly harsh for water-spouting planes and helicopters, whose pilots faced “great danger” with limited visibility and turbulence in the air.
“We have a more difficult afternoon before us, a more difficult night,” said Hardalias.
“All the forces that have been fighting a difficult battle all these days will continue to operate with relentless intensity, with the same sacrifice.”
But many have criticized the government’s efforts, citing what they saw as a lack of firefighting forces or aircraft or delays in their arrival.
“The atmosphere was stifling, even though I was far from the fire. There was ash and smoke everywhere,” said Christina Tsatou, who had been in the coastal town of Agios Georgios.
“It is very sad that they did not send help in the first days and left the island on fire. It was unfair and many people have lost their properties, their livelihoods.”
Wildfires have pushed Greece’s firefighting capabilities to the limit, and the government has called for help from abroad. More than 20 countries in Europe and the Middle East have responded by sending planes, helicopters, vehicles and manpower.
Overnight, the Greek coast guard and ferries evacuated 83 people from the beaches in northern Evia, following a seaside evacuation of more than 1,000 people on Friday night when flames swept through the hills behind them. .
The fire department said on Sunday that 575 firefighters, 35 ground crews and 89 vehicles were fighting the Evia forest fire, including 112 Romanian and 100 Ukrainian firefighters. Four helicopters and three aircraft provided air support.
Three other major fires also burned in the southern Peloponnese region of Greece on Sunday, while another broke out Sunday afternoon on the southern island of Crete.
Another massive fire that devastated forests, homes and businesses on the northern outskirts of the Greek capital appeared to be subsiding. That fire destroyed large areas of a national park on Mount Parnitha, the largest remaining forested area near Athens.
Firefighters were concerned that the Mount Parnitha fire would reappear, so they and the military had been on patrol all night, Hardalias said. A firefighter was taken to a hospital Sunday after fainting during a patrol.
On Friday, a volunteer firefighter died after sustaining head injuries from a falling power pole north of Athens, while at least 20 people have been treated for fire-related injuries, including two firefighters hospitalized in intensive care.
The causes of the fires are being investigated. Three people were arrested Friday on suspicion of starting fires, in two cases intentionally.
A 47-year-old Greek was arrested in a suburb of Athens on Saturday for lighting two fires in a grove of trees and setting four garbage containers on fire. Police said Sunday that two more people had been arrested on suspicion of attempted arson: a 71-year-old Greek in southern Greece and a foreigner in a park in Athens.
Greek and European officials have also blamed climate change for the large number of fires in southern Europe this summer, from Italy to the Balkans, Greece and Turkey.
Massive fires have also been burning in Siberia in northern Russia for weeks, prompting the evacuation of a dozen villages on Saturday. In all, wildfires have burned nearly 15 million acres this year in Russia.
In the United States, hot, dry, and gusty weather has also sparked devastating wildfires in California.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Lifestyle

LifeStyle18 hours ago

5 Tips To Write Your Essays Before the Deadline

Deadlines are not easy to deal with. When there is an approaching deadline, one tends to get overwhelmed at the...

LifeStyle2 weeks ago

How to Prioritize Self Care as a New Parent

A bundle of joy has joined you in your life and you couldn’t be happier. But, at the same time,...

LifeStyle2 weeks ago

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Stay Asleep

You have likely heard it most of your life: getting a good night’s sleep is important for your overall health....

LifeStyle2 weeks ago

4 Ways to Spread Joy This Fall

Traditionally, many people strive to spread as much joy as they can in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But...

LifeStyle1 month ago

Tips to Boost Your Energy and Ensure Life Longevity with NMN Supplements

Australia’s median age limit increased by two years recently. Higher NAD+ can improve your metabolism rates and prolong natural aging....

LifeStyle2 months ago

5 Tips on Writing APA Research Paper

When students reach college education, they understand that it won’t all be flowers and sunshine. There are different courses with...

Support group for businesses to overcome challenges Support group for businesses to overcome challenges
LifeStyle3 months ago

Support group for businesses to overcome challenges

All-day brunch and soup kitchen Cafe Coco suffered as walk-ins dwindled significantly. It’s a tourist-dependent cafe that’s nestled in the...

S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods
LifeStyle3 months ago

S’pore startup Shiok Meats acquires clean red meat company Gaia Foods

According to Technology in Asia, Shiok Meats has acquired a stake of more than 90% in Gaia Foods for an...

Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality
LifeStyle3 months ago

Marianna Hewitt’s home proves that neutral decor can be full of personality

If anyone understands the importance of maintaining your brand, it is Marianna Hewitt. The trusted influencer and founder of the...

The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion
LifeStyle3 months ago

The 16 best stuffed pepper recipes for every occasion

Something you may not know about me is that I absolutely adore a pepper. Raw, cooked, marinated, bathed: each and...

Advertisement

Sport

Sports2 months ago

5 Tips for Setting Up Your PC for Online Gaming

Due to advances in technology, online gamers can enjoy a gaming experience that was unthinkable even a decade ago. High-resolution...

Sports2 months ago

How to Succeed in Poker Tournaments

Perhaps your first big poker tournament is coming up, or you’ve been gathering skills ready to enter – no matter...

Sports2 months ago

Is The Olympics Still Relevant?

As the Tokyo Olympics has come to a close, competitors must move on from the excitement of experiencing an Olympic...

Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’ Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’
Sports3 months ago

Fernández reflects on the game against Dart: ‘Honestly, I can’t think of anything positive’

var adServerUrl = “”; var $ el = $ (“# video_container-985707”); var permalink = $ el.closest (‘. snet-single-article’). data (‘permalink’);...

Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker
Sports3 months ago

Tammy Abraham to Roma – Mourinho is the perfect coach for the striker

It seems that not too long ago, a young English Target Man was a troubling prospect for most Premier League...

Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go
Sports3 months ago

Explanation: Why Barcelona had to let Messi go

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi cries during a press conference at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on August 8, 2021. –...

Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches? Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches?
Sports3 months ago

Are Arsenal and Spurs left out of the top 6 in dispute as the 2021/22 season approaches?

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are the teams that are widely regarded as the top 6...

What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like? What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like?
Sports3 months ago

What should team Canada’s men’s hockey roster look like?

We have sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your current password has not been changed. We...

Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22? Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22?
Sports3 months ago

Haaland, but staying in Dotmund, can BVB get the title on 21/22?

There are almost twenty days left in the transfer window. The window is in full swing as deals that would...

Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports
Sports3 months ago

Knicks agree to deal with Dwayne Bacon: reports

Dwayne Bacon # 8 of the Orlando Magic shoots as John Collins # 20 of the Atlanta Hawks defends during...

Advertisement

Entertainment

Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’;  Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’;  Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block
Entertainment3 months ago

Venice adds Doc ‘Ennio’; Netflix Confirms Sanjay Leela Bhansali Series – News Block

Venice adds Giuseppe Tornatore’s Ennio Morricone film The Venice Film Festival incorporates the Out of Competition screening of Ennio Morricone’s...

The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million
Entertainment3 months ago

The Jeffrey Epstein Victims Fund has finished paying $ 121 million

After awarding more than $ 121 million to about 150 applicants, a compensation program for survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual...

Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage
Entertainment3 months ago

Matt Roloff and Karyn Chandler move in together, discuss marriage

Small people, big world star Matt Roloff and his girlfriend, Karyn Chandlerhave revealed their big summer plans in a new...

Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’ Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’
Entertainment3 months ago

Mike Shouhed wants Reza Farahan to apologize for being a ‘traitor’

Shouhed says his Shahs of Sunset co-star “cuts deep and says things that are hard to forgive.” While a sexting...

Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged
Entertainment3 months ago

Joey Lawrence and Samantha Cope are engaged

He put a ring on it! Joey lawrence is engaged to the actress Samantha cope one year after filing for...

Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Entertainment3 months ago

Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

August 10, 2021 Christine Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Christina Applegate The 49-year-old actress took to Twitter on...

UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block
Entertainment3 months ago

UK advertisers form tapestry with clients Coel, Fassbender, Foy – News Block

EXCLUSIVE: UK advertisers Donna Mills and Emma Jackson, longtime representatives of London-based Premier Communications, have launched the new advertising agency...

Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis
Entertainment3 months ago

Christina Applegate: actress reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis

prime time Emmy-winning actor Christina applegate has revealed a multiple sclerosis condition through a Twitter post late on Monday night....

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018
Entertainment3 months ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to move to New Zealand in 2018

Prince harry and Meghan Markle according to Queen Elizabeth IIRepresentative to New Zealand, Governor General Patsy Reddy… She said Associated...

Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up
Entertainment3 months ago

Alarming new UN climate report says humanity has really screwed itself up

The last evaluation of climate science is a “code red for humanity,” the United Nations chief said on Monday, while...

Advertisement

Tech

Tech1 week ago

How to Provide Cybersecurity for Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is one of the first browsers that come to mind when thinking about the best privacy-oriented browsers available...

Tech4 weeks ago

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Internet Provider

Choosing the best internet provider can be challenging, especially when you don’t know what questions to ask. You want to...

Tech1 month ago

How Serious is Plagiarism in College?

Studying in college often demands writing essays and course papers. You may study technical subjects and do not have many...

Tech1 month ago

Three Possible Ways of How You Can Transfer Contacts from Outlook to iPhone

MS Outlook plays an important role in putting daily life in order, especially with regard to email management. If you...

Tech1 month ago

Importance of Email Validation

According to recent stats, 30% of users change their email every year. Therefore, if your mailing list is more than...

Tech1 month ago

Before Doing Virtual Staging, Here’s What You Should Know

The majority of people today go online to look for homes. When a potential buyer spots a house online that...

Tech1 month ago

What Technologies are Online Casinos Using?

Online casinos have become an ideal choice for a lot of players, especially because they let players take their games...

Tech2 months ago

Grow Your Brand With These 5 Social Media Tips

Whether you’re operating a new business or working to grow your brand, social media is an excellent place to start....

Tech2 months ago

Is Mining Ethereum Still Profitable in 2021?

Globally, there have been lots of innovations and modernization in different aspects of life. This fact has contributed to the...

Tech2 months ago

Popularity Of the Blockchain Technology: How Familiar Are You with It?

Cryptocurrencies are a form of digital currency that stands out because it is decentralized. Cryptocurrency also stands out because it...

Advertisement
Advertisement