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Hundreds of firefighters continue to fight the fires that broke out in Greece

Several regions of Greece are at high risk of fire, according to the Hellenic authorities. Hundreds of firefighters continue to try to control the various fires that have been raging across Greece since last Friday.

On the island of Andros, in the Aegean Sea, a group of 30 firefighters, supported by two planes and five helicopters, is on site to fight the flames.

According to the testimony of one of the firefighters to the agency Reuters“more firefighters are expected on the island by the end of the day†.

This Saturday, authorities managed to control a forest fire on the island of Salamina, in the Saronic Gulf, west of Athens and another about 30 kilometers east of the capital.

Forest fires are common in Greece, but have become more devastating in recent years due in large part to hotter, drier summers.

However, according to the British newspaper The Independent, the Minister of Civil Protection, Vassilis Kikilias, revealed that the Greek authorities found evidence that the fire near Athens was the result of arson, worsened by extreme weather conditions.

A fire department spokesman told the The Independent which “almost every 10 minutes a new fire breaks out†.

This Friday, 45 forest fires broke out in Greece. According to Lusa, at least four large fires broke out in the Peloponnese peninsula, more precisely near the city of Megalópolis, in Arcádia, and in the departments of Argólida, Messenia and Achaia, located between 150 and 250 kilometers southwest of Athens. .

On Friday, a 55-year-old man died in hospital after being injured in a fire in the Ilia region, on the Greek peninsula of Peloponnese. According to Reuters, firefighters warn that strong winds and high temperatures could prolong the risk of fire until Sunday.

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Francesco Giganti

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