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

Civil safety minister Vassilis Kikilias stated officers verified indications that the fireplace close to Athens was the results of arson in addition to excessive climate circumstances.

A hearth service spokesman has stated the pressure is struggling to cope with the spate of blazes, including: “Almost every 10 minutes a new fire breaks out.”

In Koropi, a storage facility and at the least one dwelling have been burned, and flames crept into a ship dry dock and throughout fields of dry grass and olive timber. Authorities evacuated two close by villages.

Amid the heatwave, a number of overseas vacationers have died or gone lacking whereas mountain climbing in excessive temperatures. The girlfriend of a lacking American vacationer has criticised Greek authorities for allegedly doing little to assist seek for him.

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

At least 5 vacationers have been discovered useless on the Greek Islands in latest weeks.

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American vacationer discovered useless as dying toll rises

A 55-year-old American has been discovered useless on the Greek island of Mathraki, the police stated on Monday, the fifth vacationer dying in latest weeks following a interval of unusually scorching climate.

Police didn’t share the identification of the useless 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 probably be carried out, a police official advised Reuters.

A 74-year-old Dutch vacationer was discovered useless on the island of Samos on Saturday and two hikers have been discovered useless on Crete on June 5.Rescue groups have been additionally looking for two French ladies, 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, historic 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, advised Reuters.

Athena Stavrou18 June 2024 07:30

The UK Foreign Office affords wildfire recommendation to vacationers

“Wildfires are highly dangerous and unpredictable. The situation can change quickly. Follow “112 Greece” on X (previously often known as Twitter) for official updates.

  • take care when visiting or driving by woodland areas
  • be sure that cigarette ends are correctly extinguished
  • not gentle barbecues

“Causing a forest fire is treated as a criminal offence in Greece even if unintentional. If you see a forest fire, call the emergency services on 112. Forest fires can also cause travel disruption in wider areas.

“Be cautious if you are in or near an area affected by wildfires. You should:

  • follow the guidance of the emergency services
  • call the Greek Emergency Services on 112 if you are in immediate danger
  • contact your airline or travel operator who can assist you with return travel to the UK.
  • enable the “Emergency Alerts” choice to obtain the Greek authorities’s emergency alerts. For:
  • iPhones go to Settings > Notification. Enable the “Emergency Alerts” possibility on the backside.
  • Android 11 and better go to Settings > Notifications > Advanced Settings > Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • Samsung Devices go to Settings > Apps > Messages > Notifications > Emergency Notifications. Enable the “Emergency Alerts” possibility
  • learn the Greek Government’s safety tips within the occasion of a forest fireplace.
  • register by way of the Greek authorities’s Emergency Communication Service (in Greek)

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 07:00

Recap: Huge blaze closes city close to Athens as Greece prepares for wildfire season

Strong winds fanned the flames and compelled residents in Koropi to flee their houses and companies.

Traffic was suspended alongside a essential freeway connecting Koropi to Athens suburbs. One storage facility was on fireplace and flames crept into a ship dry dock and throughout fields of dry grass and olive timber, photos on native TV confirmed.

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 06:00

Last 12 months rank as warmest on document in year-on-year comparisons

The worldwide heatwaves are occurring towards a backdrop of 12 consecutive months which have ranked because the warmest on document in year-on-year comparisons, in response to the European Union’s local weather change monitoring service.

The World Meteorological Organization says there may be an 86 per cent likelihood that one of many subsequent 5 years will eclipse 2023 to change into the warmest on document.

While general world temperatures have risen by practically 1.3 C (2.3 F) above pre-industrial ranges, local weather change is fuelling extra excessive temperature peaks – making heatwaves extra widespread, extra intense and longer-lasting.

On common globally, a heatwave that may have occurred as soon as in 10 years within the pre-industrial local weather will now happen 2.8 instances over 10 years, and it will likely be 1.2 C hotter, in response to a global crew of scientists with the World Weather Attribution (WWA) group.

Scientists say heatwaves will proceed to accentuate if the world continues to unleash climate-warming emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

If the world hits 2 C (3.6 F) of world warming, heatwaves would on common happen 5.6 instances in 10 years and be 2.6 C (4.7 F) hotter, in response to the WWA.

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 05:00

Recap: A wildfire on the fringes of the Greek capital triggers evacuation alerts

Scores of Greek firefighters and water-bombing plane have been making an attempt to comprise a big wildfire on the fringes of Athens that compelled authorities to subject evacuation orders on Wednesday for 2 close by settlements.

Television footage confirmed flames coursing by low scrub and olive timber in a sparsely inhabited space close to Vari, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of central Athens.

Fire service spokesman Vassilis Vathrakogiannis stated the blaze unfold very quick resulting from robust winds that at instances reached gale pressure.

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 04:00

Countries round Mediterranean endure one other week of blistering excessive temperatures

Countries across the Mediterranean have endured one other week of blistering excessive temperatures which have contributed to forest fires from Portugal to Greece and alongside the northern coast of Africa in Algeria, in response to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth Observatory.

Europe this 12 months has been contending with a spate of useless and lacking vacationers amid harmful warmth. A 55-year-old American was discovered useless on the Greek island of Mathraki, police stated on Monday – the third such vacationer dying in per week.

In Serbia, meteorologists forecast temperatures of round 40 C (104 F) this week as winds from North Africa propelled a scorching entrance throughout the Balkans. Health authorities declared a crimson climate alert and suggested folks to not enterprise outdoor.

Belgrade’s emergency service stated its docs intervened 109 instances in a single day to deal with folks with coronary heart and persistent well being circumstances.

In neighbouring Montenegro, the place well being authorities additionally warned folks to remain within the shade till late afternoon, tens of 1000’s of vacationers sought refreshment on the seashores alongside its Adriatic coast.

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 03:00

Red climate warning issued for components of Europe as Greece placed on fireplace alert

People within the scorching temperatures sought aid in Belgrade’s Ada Ciganlija lake, fountains and cafes on Thursday whereas the Serbian authorities ordered employers to guard outside staff from the heatwave.

Meteorologists forecast temperatures of round 40 levels Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) all through Serbia this week as winds from North Africa pushed a scorching and dry entrance throughout the Balkans.

Health authorities and meteorologists declared a “red” climate alert and suggested folks to not enterprise outdoors. Belgrade’s emergency service stated its docs intervened greater than 100 instances in a single day, primarily treating folks with coronary heart and persistent circumstances.

Rich Booth and Aleksandar Vasovic report:

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 02:00

In photos: Wildfires engulf components of Greece

Firefighters extinguish a wildfire in Kitsi near the town of Koropi in Greece on Wednesday
Firefighters extinguish a wildfire in Kitsi close to the city of Koropi in Greece on Wednesday (Anadolu by way of Getty Images)
A man walks in an area burned during a wildfire in Kitsi near the town of Koropi in Greece on Wednesday
A person walks in an space burned throughout a wildfire in Kitsi close to the city of Koropi in Greece on Wednesday (REUTERS)
Firefighters try to extinguish the fire burning in Koropi suburb in the eastern part of Athens on Wednesday
Firefighters attempt to extinguish the fireplace burning in Koropi suburb within the jap a part of Athens on Wednesday (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 01:00

Greece prepares for wildfire season

Strong winds fanned the flames and compelled residents in Koropi to flee their houses and companies. Traffic was suspended alongside a essential freeway connecting Koropi to Athens suburbs. One storage facility was on fireplace and flames crept into a ship dry dock and throughout fields of dry grass and olive timber, photos on native TV confirmed.

The fireplace is considered one of many to date this season, with extra anticipated all through the summer season.

Rich Booth has the complete story:

Tara Cobham21 June 2024 00:00

Gale pressure winds and tinderbox like circumstances unfold fires simply

Scores of Greek firefighters and water-bombing plane succeeded late Wednesday in taming a big wildfire on the fringes of Athens that compelled authorities to evacuate two close by settlements.

Summer wildfires additionally plagued Greece’s Mediterranean neighbor Turkey, the place two villages have been evacuated however no accidents have been reported.

The Greek fireplace service stated the blaze close to Athens — considered one of dozens everywhere in the nation Wednesday — had been largely contained however firefighters would stay on alert all night to cease it reviving.

Officials stated the wildfire was exacerbated by windy, scorching and dry climate and appeared to have been intentionally began.

It broke out in low scrub and olive timber in a sparsely inhabited space close to Vari, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of central Athens.

Fire service spokesman Vassilis Vathrakogiannis stated winds at instances reached gale pressure, whereas police have been enlisted to take away some residents from their houses.

Barney Davis20 June 2024 23:00

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