Fire forces evac­u­a­tions on Greek is­land of Evia

Gulf Times - - EUROPE -

Alarge fire broke out yes­ter­day on the Greek is­land of Evia near Athens, the gov­ern­ment said, with two vil­lages evac­u­ated, less than a month af­ter more than 90 peo­ple died in Greece’s worst-ever wild­fire.

“The prime min­is­ter is in close con­tact with the in­te­rior min­is­ter over the large fire in Evia,” Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’ of­fice said.

Agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Van­ge­lis Apos­tolou, who is on the scene, told state agency ANA that fire­fight­ing forces were brac­ing for an all-night strug­gle. “Forces from the en­tire re­gion have been trans­ferred here.”

Some 500 peo­ple at the lo­cal vil­lages of Kon­todespoti and Stavros had ear­lier been evac­u­ated as a pre­cau­tion.

Some 250 fire­fight­ers with 62 fire en­gines sup­ported by troops are op­er­at­ing in the area, 92km north of Athens, of­fi­cials said.

Greece is still mourn­ing 94 dead from a wild­fire that struck the coastal re­sort of Mati near Athens on July 23.

More than 30 peo­ple are still in hospi­tal, sev­eral in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Fire­fight­ers are seen near a burn­ing tree near the vil­lage of Psahna, in Evia, Greece.

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