September 16, 2021

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Villages were evacuated, wounded and emergency aid in Peloponnese

Heat-dried, Greek forests are plagued by fires every summer, Fed by strong winds. Again this summer,
Greece Facing a new heat wave, the temperature will be 42 to 44 degrees.

A few days ago, a fire broke out on Mount Bentley near the Greek capital. This Saturday, It is located in the four villages northwest of the Beloponnese, Near the city of Patras, evacuated by Greek firefighters, they had to deal with a large wild island. About 140 firefighters, 50 trucks, eight water bombs and helicopters were mobilized to put out the fire in the Jia region.

According to a provisional estimate by the Greek Civil Defense, a dozen houses were burned and five people were injured. Five of the injured were taken to hospitals in the area with respiratory problems, the Civil Defense said.

Rescue bathers suffocated by ash smoke

Authorities sent warning messages on cell phones to warn the villages of Seria, Kamares, Achaiaz and Labri to be evacuated. Hospitals in Patras and the neighboring town of Igio have also been warned to accommodate the wounded, while the Coast Guard has been alerted to protect those who can suffocate from the ashes.

By the end of Saturday afternoon, the coastal resort of Logos had also been evacuated and the fire had spread towards the island. People and tourists were taken by the port police to the Agio port, a few kilometers from the village. The highway in the area concerned and the Rio-Andrea Bridge connecting the Beloponnese and Greece mainland were closed to traffic.

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