Large areas of farmlands and forests burnt on Thasos, as wildfire rages for 3rd day

12 September 2016
28 Views

Tens of houses, large areas of pinewood and farming lands have been burnt to ashes in the worst fire in the past 30 years on the island of Thasos, as the wildfire that broke out in Saturday, is raging for a third day in a row. Land and air firefighting operations have been ongoing since Saturday on all fronts, but with little success so far, as thick smoke and strong winds are impending their efforts. 250 firefighters, 73 vehicles, 6 helicopters and 7 firefighting planes have been deployed to put the blazes under control. The extent of the threat was highlighted by Citizen’s Protection Minister, Nikos Toskas who said that virtually all air means were being used over Thasos in the battle against the flames. The island’s Mayour, Kostas Chatziemanouil said some of the fronts had been put under control, but pointed out that it was too early to make any definitive estimations due to the string winds blowing over Thasos. The fire threatened the village of Rachoni on Sunday with the flames approaching to 1km from the residential areas. According to local eyewitness accounts ten houses had been burnt to the ground at the Megalo Kazaviti settlement. The Mayor said that he would recommend postponing the start of schools for two days after consulting with the Education Ministry. The resident of the Greek Republic expressed his solidarity to the citizens of Thasos, while Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is expected to visit the island on Monday, after cancelling his scheduled trip to the island of Kefalonia for the new school season.

You may be interested

Thomsen: Debt relief after 2018
FINANCE
shares51 views
FINANCE
shares51 views

Thomsen: Debt relief after 2018

makis - May 23, 2017

Poul Thomsen, the IMF’s Director of the European Department towed the line of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble after the…

164 refugees land on Greek islands in one day
GREECE
shares58 views
GREECE
shares58 views

164 refugees land on Greek islands in one day

makis - May 23, 2017

The refugee flows to Greece are continuing at a steady pace as the weather warms up. 164 refugees and illegal…

Tsipras: We are in solidarity with British people
POLITICS
shares52 views
POLITICS
shares52 views

Tsipras: We are in solidarity with British people

makis - May 23, 2017

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras tweeted his solidarity to the British people after the Manchester terrorist attack, which kill 22 young…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.