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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-07-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece ravaged by deadly fires

  • [01] Greece ravaged by deadly fires

    Greece ravaged by deadly fires Two elderly people lost their lives and one is missing in the fires that have engulfed the prefecture of Achaia in the Peloponnese, southwest Greece and were continuing to burn on Thursday. The charred remains of a 75-year-old man were found in the village of Mamousia, Egio while an elderly woman was burned alive in Ano Diakopto and a second one is missing. A total of 13 people were taken to hospitals in Patras and Egio with respiratory problems while a young person was hospitalized with injuries. The fires continue to burn out of control in Egialia, Achaia where many private houses were destroyed and hundreds of people were evacuated with the help of military helicopters. Meanwhile, a forest fire broke out at noon on Thursday in Porto Rafti, Athens close to residential areas and 45 firemen with 15 fire engines are battling the flames. A state of emergency is in effect in municipalities and communities in the prefectures of Achaia, Kefallonia and Kastoria.

    Eight fire fronts are in progress on the Ionian Sea island of Kefallonia, where many villages have been evacuated. Livestock and private houses were burned, while a firefighting aircraft landed safely at the Andravida airfield after suffering power loss in one of its engines. A state of emergency is in effect in the municipalities of Nestorio and Akrites and the communities of Arenon, Grammos and Kastrakio in the northwestern prefecture of Kastoria. Firefighting efforts in central and western Macedonia, north Greece, continued overnight. The wildfire in Dorkada, Serres prefecture continues to burn, while the fire in Langadi, Nigrita that broke out at dawn has been placed under partial control. Another fire in Kastanousa, Serres that also broke out at dawn has been extinguished after destroying a few acres of farmland. In the prefecture of Kilkis, a fire that crossed the Greek borders from FYROM on Wednesday is in progress in the region of Idomeni-Hamilou. In the prefecture of Pieria, the fire that burned its way to the region from Velventos, Kozani Prefecture is destroying the Flabouro mountaintop and threatens a small village. In Florina Prefecture, a fire is burning out of control in the Kristalopigi region, while the same situation is being recorded in the Lake Prespa region in the Varba-Sfika location. In Assiros, Thessaloniki, the firefighting effort continues with 23 fire engines and 58 firemen battling the flames in a region with low vegetation. The Thessaloniki forests will be patrolled by the army for precautionary reasons within the framework of the fire prevention measures to be put into effect in the following days. In addition, Thessaloniki's Sheik Shu urban forest will be closed for the public from 9pm until 6am and will be guarded by police, firefighters and volunteers. In progress are the fires on the island of Chios, in Velventos-Kozani Prefecture, Saniada-Thesprotia Prefecture, Amaranto-Ioannina Prefecture and in the boroughs of Zoni and Psari in Megalopolis, southern Greece. PM calls Putin, requests reinforcements According to an announcement from the prime minister's office, meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to send additional firefighting aircraft to reinforce Greece's forces for fighting forest fires by Friday in response to a request made by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, who called him seeking Russia's assistance in tackling the forest fires blazing throughout Greece on Thursday morning. Caption: Firefighting helicopter pours water on the fire at Kounina near Egio on Wednesday, 25 July 2007. The fire has been burning unchecked in Achaia despite the strenuous efforts of fire-fighters since it began on Tuesday. ANA-MPA/Giota Korbaki.


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