June 17, 2024

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In Greece, the island of Yupoya has been burning for seven days

They have been running for seven days Big fire The island of Evia, the second largest in Greece, is located east of Athens. There have been several fires in Greece in recent weeks, and they are burning More than 56 thousand hectares of land, But the ones on Yupoya Island are huge and very hard to turn off. Firefighters are still trying to put out the blaze in the north and south of the island: in particular, the fire was blowing strong in the north, pushing it to the resorts along the coast.

The Coast Guard evacuated more than 2,000 people by sea, 349 of them on Sunday alone.

On Saturday evening the fire reached the town of Pefki on the northern tip of the island, destroying at least one house, but firefighters were able to put out the fire and save locals and tourists flocking these days. . A boat sent to Pefki to evacuate people by sea was used as a temporary shelter, and many others spent Sunday night aboard.

Rescue on the island of Yupoya was particularly difficult, with firefighters and helicopter pilots having to travel with limited visibility due to sparks and strong strong smoke. Wind. The island has 500 firefighters on duty, 200 of whom were dispatched from Ukraine and Romania, but many residents of Yupoya have complained that there is a recession and insufficient evidence in the rescue effort.

The Greek government has sent troops to fight the blaze, which has sent troops, crews and aircraft to various countries, including France, Egypt, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Other areas affected by the fire in Greece were the Peloponnese, Attica, Poseidon and Athens. There are several wildfires in the Burnett Mountains north of Athens, where there is a wildlife sanctuary and the situation seems to be under control at present: one firefighter was struck by an electric pole in this recent fire, at least 20 people were injured and hospitalized: two firefighters were hospitalized in intensive care.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and investigations are ongoing: Greek police spokesman Apostolos Skrecas said 10 people had been arrested on charges, including a 71-year-old man from the Messinia area of ​​Peloponnese. Fire. The other nine were interrogated.

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