Major forest fire ravaging Thasos – State of emergency declared

12 September 2016
249 Views

A state of emergency has been declared on the island of Thasos, in the north Aegean, as firefighters, soldiers and volunteers have been battling with a major fire on the for the past three days. Over 250 firefighters, along with 40 soldiers, 15 volunteers, 5 aircraft and 4 helicopters have been struggling against the strong winds to contain the fire, which broke out early on Saturday morning.

The Alternate Minister of Public Order Nikos Toskas and Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou are already on the island and participated in a meeting with local authorities to assess the damage and situation. The Alt. Minister commented that the state mechanism is on full alert.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cancelled a visit to a school on Monday in order to head to the island, along with the Ministers of Interior Panagiotis Kouroumplis and Infrastructure Christos Spirtzis, as well as the General Secretary of Civil Protection Yannis Kapakis and the Chief of the Fire Brigade Lt. General Yannis Karatzias.

According to the Mayor of Thasos Kostas Hatziemmouil, the situation appears to be getting under control, although he warned that the shift in wind speed and direction could cause resurgence. Mr. Hatziemmanouil avoided commenting on the extent of damages caused, stressing that an assessment will be carried out as soon as the fire is finally extinguished.

You may be interested

Greek Defence Council underway over F-16 upgdare and frigates
GREECE
shares22 views
GREECE
shares22 views

Greek Defence Council underway over F-16 upgdare and frigates

makis - Apr 23, 2018

In light of Turkey’s continuous belligerent stance towards Greece, the Governmental Council on Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) is meeting…

Greek GDP primary surplus at 4.2%, EC Vice-President and ELSTAT say
GREECE
shares23 views
GREECE
shares23 views

Greek GDP primary surplus at 4.2%, EC Vice-President and ELSTAT say

makis - Apr 23, 2018

Greece has achieved a 4.2% primary surplus of the GDP fo 2017, according to official data released by the Hellenic…

Turkey: “We lowered all flags from the rocks & sent videos to Greece”
SLIDE
shares43 views
SLIDE
shares43 views

Turkey: “We lowered all flags from the rocks & sent videos to Greece”

makis - Apr 23, 2018

Yigit Bulut, the head adviser to the Turkish President provokes once again by saying that “it would be a shame…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.