Greece: wildfires on Evia island, monastery evacuated

Difficult to extinguish blaze, people leaving three villages

13 August, 14:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, AUGUST 13 - A monastery has been evacuated and residents of three villages are ready to leave after a vast wildfire broke out at the center of the Greek island of Evia in the early hours of Tuesday.

    According to local media, the fire service was alerted after 3:00 am local time of a fire in the area of Agrilitsa, in the municipality of Dirfys-Messapia, and sent 80 firefighters with 39 fire engines to the area, assisted by aircrafts and helicopters.

    Authorities evacuated the monastery of Panagia Makrymallis while the villages of Agrilitsa and Kondodespoti have been alerted that they could be evacuated. Residents of another village, Makrymalli, are already leaving, according to SKAI television. The operations are difficult due to rough terrain and strong winds fanning the flames that are burning a protected forest that is part of EU network Natura 2000. The smoke from the fire can also be seen in Athens.

    Wildfires have also been reported on the island of Thassos and on the continent in Thebes, Pogoni Ioannina and Arta.


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