Fire returns to Euboea and Athens | European | D.W.

Many evacuees are registered in Greece after new fires broke out in the east of the Euboean island, where a forest fire was progressing towards the seaside resort of Marmari, located 200 km northeast of the Greek capital. The authorities are already preparing to evacuate the population by boat, according to the Greek news agency ANA.

This new forest fire broke out on Monday morning (23.08.2021), two weeks after another ravaged more than 50,000 hectares in the north of the island. While at noon a second fire broke out in Vilia, about 60 km northwest of Athens, in a dense forest which had already burned for six days last week, and was only brought under control. Saturday (21.08.2021). In this case, the police decided to paralyze traffic on part of the highway that crosses the area and have already evacuated two municipalities as a precaution.

For its part, the Civil Protection announced on Sunday a “very high risk” of fires for this day in several areas of Greece. In total, more than 116,000 hectares have burned in the country since the end of July. Hundreds of homes and small businesses have been engulfed in flames in Euboea, parts of the Peloponnese and on the outskirts of Athens. Three people died as a result of these fires.

min (efe, afp)

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