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Greek authorities are investigating whether or not wildfires that threatened to engulf Athens had been sparked by a single arsonist.

Civil safety minister Vassilis Kikilias mentioned officers verified indications that the hearth close to Athens was the results of arson in addition to excessive climate situations.

He mentioned there’s a video and pictures of the suspected arsonist and authorities will publish them in the end.

In Koropi, a storage facility and not less than one dwelling had been burned, and flames crept into a ship dry dock and throughout fields of dry grass and olive bushes. Authorities evacuated two close by villages.

It got here because the girlfriend of a lacking American vacationer criticised Greek authorities for allegedly doing little to assist seek for him.

Albert Calibet, 59, has been lacking since final Tuesday whereas mountaineering on the island of Amorgos.

It comes as quite a few vacationers had been discovered lifeless in current weeks having all launched into hikes in excessive temperatures.

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American vacationer discovered lifeless as demise toll rises

A 55-year-old American has been discovered lifeless on the Greek island of Mathraki, the police mentioned on Monday, the fifth vacationer demise in current weeks following a interval of unusually sizzling climate.

Police didn’t share the id of the lifeless American, whose physique was discovered close to a seashore on Mathraki on Sunday. He was transferred to the island of Corfu the place an post-mortem will likely be carried out, a police official informed Reuters.

A 74-year-old Dutch vacationer was discovered lifeless on the island of Samos on Saturday and two hikers had been discovered lifeless on Crete on June 5.Rescue groups had been additionally trying to find two French girls, aged 73 and 64, on the island of Sikinos, and a 59-year-old US policeman on Amorgos.

Temperatures soared above 40 levels Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) earlier this month, simply as the vacation season started throughout Greece’s distant seashores, historical websites and mountain trails.

“There is a common pattern – they all went for a hike amid high temperatures,” Petros Vassilakis, the police spokesman for the Southern Aegean, informed Reuters.

Athena Stavrou18 June 2024 07:30

Wildfires close to Athens attributable to arsonist – minister

Civil safety minister Vassilis Kikilias mentioned officers have verified indications that the hearth close to Athens was the results of arson in addition to excessive climate situations.

He mentioned there’s a video and pictures of the suspected arsonist and authorities will publish them.

In Koropi, a storage facility and not less than one dwelling had been burned, and flames crept into a ship dry dock and throughout fields of dry grass and olive bushes. Authorities evacuated two close by villages.

There had been no experiences of deaths or accidents.

Barney Davis20 June 2024 07:38

Common signs of warmth exhaustion as vacationers die whereas mountaineering in Greece

Common signs of warmth exhaustion embrace:

· Dizziness and confusion

· Loss of urge for food and feeling sick

· Excessive sweating and pale, clammy pores and skin

· Cramps within the arms, legs and abdomen

· Fast respiratory or pulse

· A excessive temperature of 38C or above

Holly Evans20 June 2024 07:00

French lady lacking on island of Sikinos had despatched misery textual content

One of the 2 French girls who went lacking on a Greek Island final week despatched a distressing textual content to the lodge she was staying at earlier than vanishing.

Authorities on the island of Sikinos are desperately trying to find two French hikers,, aged 73 and 64, after the pair went lacking on Friday.

It has emerged that the 73-year-old despatched message to the proprietor of the visitor home she was staying at within the morning. Ilias Gavanas informed Reuters he final heard from her on Friday when he reached her by cellphone round 8:30am after lacking a name from her at 5:50am.

He mentioned the lady had despatched him a selfie and a message saying: “I am fall”. He replied in French and English asking for her location and telling her to name the European emergency quantity 112, and alerted police and municipal authorities.

Holly Evans20 June 2024 05:00

Greek locals rising pissed off with mountaineering vacationers

Greek locals are reportedly rising pissed off with vacationers “underestimating” the acute warmth as 5 holidaymakers are confirmed lifeless.

A documentary filmmaker dwelling in Greece informed the i paper that vacationers in Athens don’t know the depth of the warmth and mentioned she typically sees vacationers mountaineering in temperatures that locals wouldn’t do train in.

“There is a sense of frustration among locals [at British tourists] but also they feel very sorry, very sad. They do not want [tourists’ deaths] to happen – it is also bad for them as a tourist destination,” she mentioned.

People drinking from water fountains in intense heat in Greece
People consuming from water fountains in intense warmth in Greece (REUTERS)

Holly Evans20 June 2024 03:00

Brother of lacking American vacationer criticises US efforts

The brother of American vacationer Albert Calibet who has been lacking for over every week on the island of Amorgos, Greece, says chances are high very slim he’ll discover the lacking former police officer.

In a tearful YouTube video Oliver Calibet, who arrived from California final week to hitch the search operation, mentioned that Greece is doing what it could actually with its restricted assets, however “I don’t know why the US can’t come here and help. The US is doing nothing.”

He continued: “I’m flabbergasted. This is a small little island. He should have been found days ago if the US had put in a little, a tiny little effort.”

Holly Evans20 June 2024 00:30

Greece anticipating to hit document tourism this yr in addition to temperatures

As effectively as document temperatures, Greece is anticipated to see document tourism this yr. In a forecast revealed days earlier than the heatwave, the National Bank of Greece mentioned tourism is up 24 per cent within the first quarter of the yr in comparison with the identical interval a yr earlier. The analysts mentioned a 20 per cent rise in worldwide arrivals in spring suggests the nation will face an extended season than anticipated.

It mentioned the nation wants to cut back rampant development and defend water assets and coastal areas if it desires to keep up a wholesome tourism trade throughout its mountainous mainland and beach-lined islands.

“Our country’s economy relies heavily on tourism which makes the need to manage it in a sustainable way even more urgent,” the report mentioned.

Tourists standing in the heat in Athens
Tourists standing within the warmth in Athens (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Holly Evans19 June 2024 22:30

Tributes to ‘hard working’ horse coach discovered on Greek seashore

An American vacationer who died in Greece has been recognized.

Toby Sheets, a Floral Park resident for greater than 20 years, was discovered on a seashore on the Greek island of Mathraki on Sunday, his household informed CBS News.

Sheets, 55, labored because the longtime assistant coach to horse racing Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the main horse coach in North America by wins.

His father informed CBS News Sheets was “a very hard worker and he was doing what he loved, training horses” and “will be dearly missed.”

“New York’s horse racing community grieves the loss of Toby Sheets, and NYRA extends our condolences to Toby’s family and legion of friends.” added Patrick McKenna of the New York Racing Association.

Holly Evans19 June 2024 20:30

Greece on the frontline of battle in opposition to local weather change

Greece is on the frontline on the earth’s battle in opposition to local weather change, being hit by excessive warmth and flooding within the house of only a few weeks final yr. It recorded its longest heatwave on document, lasting 16 days, in July 2023. The excessive temperatures fuelled wildfires throughout the nation that noticed locals and vacationers evacuated.

The minister answerable for civil safety, Vassilis Kikilias, mentioned the final week has posed a specific wildfire danger because of the mixture of excessive temperatures and winds. “The early start of the heatwaves, combined with the dry winter, has led to a very difficult fire season,” he mentioned.

A complete of 44 agricultural fires had been reported by the hearth service final Thursday alone.

Wildfires burning in Greece in May
Wildfires burning in Greece in May (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Holly Evans19 June 2024 18:30

ICYMI: Two die from heatstroke in Cyprus after killer heatwave strikes Greece

Two folks have died from heatstroke in Cyprus, whereas others are preventing for his or her life in hospital, well being officers have mentioned.

On Friday, an aged individual died from heatstroke after the weeklong heatwave with reportedly document temperatures for the month of June, with temperatures in extra of 40C.

An 84-year-old lady died a day after her admission to a hospital on Friday, mentioned State Health Services Organisation spokesman Charalambos Charilaou. He mentioned one other three aged sufferers had been in severe situation.

Holly Evans19 June 2024 16:17

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