“More than 300 families, whose homes were destroyed by fire, do not know where to go and are relocated to hotels,” reported Fanis Spanos, governor of the region.

The Greek Interior Ministry has promised 1.5 million euros in emergency aid for the affected areas.

On the Peloponnese peninsula, the hills were still ablaze to the east of the Olympia archaeological site, and in the Mani and Messinia regions.

“The fire burned more than 15 villages” in eastern Mani, according to Mayor Eleni Drakoulakou, who noted that 50 percent of the eastern mountainous tourist region burned. More than 5,000 residents and tourists were forced to flee there.

With thermometers hovering between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius, Greece and Turkey are going through an exceptional heat wave, which experts unequivocally link to climate change.

A preliminary UN report, to which the Afp agency had access, describes the Mediterranean area as a “focus of climate change.”

Eight people have died and dozens have been hospitalized from the fires in southern Turkey, while Greece has seen two deaths and a score of injuries, including two hospitalized volunteer firefighters in critical condition.

They have reinforcements from France, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine, which will be joined by troops from the United Kingdom, two helicopters from Egypt and a plane from Spain.

Yesterday 55 active fires were counted, where more than 56 thousand hectares have been devastated in the past 10 days, according to the European Information System on Forest Fires. So far this year, the devastated hectares exceed 70,000, against 8,800 hectares on average between 2008-2020.

The situation seemed to stabilize on the Turkish coast, where 13 of the 200 fires recorded in recent days were still active yesterday.

The rains that fell in southwestern Turkey helped to improve the situation in the Antalya region. According to local authorities, the fires are now under control, including in Manavgat, where downpours continued.


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