The fire continues uncontrollable in Greece, where forest fires reached more than 70 thousand hectares and the flames divided in two the island of Euboea, the second most important in the country.
“The state is absent. We are in God’s hands. If people leave the towns are sure to burn “, Yannis Selimis, a resident of Gouves, in northern Euboea, told local media desperately. The inhabitants had to be evacuated.
The 26-year-old further said that “In the next 40 years we will not have work and in winter we will drown under the waters, without forests to protect us.”
The situation of the island located in the Aegean Sea and about 200 kilometers east of Athens is dramatic. Euboea woke up in a thick cloud of smoke and a shower of ash.
The town of Ellinika is currently surrounded by flames, while firefighters and the few neighbors who did not accept the order to leave their homes They try to save what they can.
Greece and Turkey suffer a heat wave
As reported by the ANSA agency, locals and tourists gathered on Agios Nikolaos beach, waiting to be evacuated by sea. Meanwhile, flames reached the small town of Vasilika and a 6-kilometer fire front burned a vast pine forest, approaching the town of Gouves.
Firefighters are trying to stop fires in various places to prevent other houses from being destroyed, after 200 families were left homeless.
But the fire is also spreading on the mainland, in the Peloponnese, at the gates of Athens. Is that so much Greece and Turkey suffer the worst heat wave in decades, and they have been fighting the fires for almost two weeks.
According to AFP, the fire consumed in Greece 70,059 hectares and caused two deaths. The experts relaten high temperatures with climate change.
Firefighters of Ukraine and Romania
Interviewed by Skai TV, the governor of central Greece, Fanis Spanos, said that more 2,500 people are staying in hotels and other facilities. In turn, the mayor of Istiaia, Ioannis Kontizias, denounced the absence of firefighting aircraft on the Euboea front.
“We are alone, I have been asking for airplanes for five days”he protested.
Some 260 Greek firefighters, assisted by a hundred vehicles and supported by more than 200 colleagues from Ukraine and Romania, are deployed this Sunday in the north of the island, supported by seven planes and helicopters.
The flames were also approaching the houses of the villages of Ellinka, Vasilika and Psaropouli, having destroyed hundreds of houses in the region.