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Postby Ray » Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:38 pm

Here is the latest news:


Fires seem abating 29 Aug 2007 08:25:00 (Last updated: 29 Aug 2007 20:59:33)

Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ΑNA - ΜNA

Fires seem to be abating in the Peloponese and Eboia fronts, however, firefighting forces are on general alert for fear of fires rekindling. The fire near Alfeios river rekindled at noon. Fires are still raging in Mistro-Eboia, Andritsaina –Elia, Agrianoi in Parnoans where firefighting forces are still battling with flames. A new fire burst out at Gortynos municipality where Blahoraftis, Kryoneri and Atsilohos villages were evacuated. In the meantime, a new fire burst out in Eleftheropolis-Kavala west exit was brought under control. In a positive development, the Civil Protection Secretariat announced that tomorrow will be the first day after the bursting out of devastating fires not to be defined as high risk day for fires.


Operations Continue

Fires in the prefecture of Ilia have been abating. During the night, firemen focused their efforts to the Alfios river area from Matesi to Bardaki, Arcadia. Presently, firemen and firefighting planes are trying to tackle fire in Ploutochori.

Earlier, strong fire brigade forces put under control a fire that broke out in a shop selling electrical appliances in Amaliada. Next to the shop, which was completely destroyed were houses and an olive grove.

Although the fire front in Setta, Evia is abating, additional fire fighting planes were sent to Mistros.

A fire on Taigetos is raging at high altitude and in an inaccessible area, with the fire fronts abating.

Meanwhile, a firefighting plane and firemen are trying to combat the fire still burning in Isari, Megalopolis.

The fires in Aliartos and Kanalaki, Viotia, as well as in Anilio, Metsovo in Ioannina are under partial control.

A fire risk index 4 has been declared for today for Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Euboea, Attica, Heraklion and Lasithi.


Re-supplying Electric Power

The PPC (Public Power Corporation) has been trying to re-supply fire afflicted regions with electric power.

As per latest information, Pyrgos has been mostly hit by electric-power cuts and problems, with 61 villages remaining without electric power.

Agriani in Sparta is without electric power as 100 electricity posts were burnt down.

Karnasi, Pefko, Alagonia, Artemisia, Elaiochori, as well as two settlements in Kalamata are also without electricity.

32 villages in Isari and Paradisia districts, Arcadia lack electric power, while four villages in Aliveri, Euboea are also without electricity.


Traffic Adjustments

In relation to recent announcements issued on traffic regulations imposed due to the fires, the Traffic Police has announced that circulation is back to normal in Grammatiko, Attica.

In parallel, measures for the protection of forests in Attica continue to be in effect. Thus, vehicles in the following points are not allowed to circulate, unless there is a special reason:

• Parnitha Avenue from the 22 kilometre (funicular railway) to the Casino.
• Tatoi – Katsimidi road from "Leonidas" tavern to the Royal Estates.
• In Megali Vrisi, Avlona, Attica.
• In Sfendali, Malakasa, Attica.
• In Liosati, Afidnes, Attica.
• In Pigi, Fili-Borsi, Attica.


Fire Department briefing

According to the Fire Department official announcement, two temporary contract firefighters were attacked by an unknown person this afternoon while trying to put out a fire in Kapsala -Eboia. As a result of the attack they failed to put out the fire on time and need enforcement of land and air firefighting forces. The incident was referred to the Police who are investigating the case.
According to Fire Department briefing high temperatures after noon today are making firefighting efforts even more difficult in fronts where fires are raging. In Mistro-Eboia fire is raging in an inaccessible region and apart from land forces 11 water bombing aircrafts are fighting with the flames. In Andritsaina, Elia fire is raging in two fronts Matesi heading to Paleokastro and Feisoa heading to Kotyli. Six aircrafts two helicopters and land forces are in the region while in Agrianoi Parnona 3 aircrafts, 1 helicopter and land forces are dousing the region.

Translated by John Crystallidis

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Postby Muttly » Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:00 am

Some quite interesting insights and comments, a wealth of accumulated knowledge lives here.

The cycle of nature where fire is an important renewal agent is always forgotten. As Paul points out now one of the coming dangers is mud slides etc due to the lack of binding vegitation. Out of the frying pan into the mud slide.

What makes the Greeks hospital I suspect is the range of conversation, like the Italians it is a constant interaction that we in the UK seem to have lost.

The relationship between neigbours and freinds and relations is well celebrated in cinema etc like Zorba the Greek and other Greek cinema, Zorba of course was based in Chania etc. I think like S. Italy, Greece as still a very agrarian and maritime economy harkens back to simpler times and simpler ways because they are far more easy grasp.

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Postby Ray » Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:42 pm

More latest news:

Fire Fronts in Arkadia 31 Aug 2007 12:41:00 (Last updated: 31 Aug 2007 21:06:09)

Source ETI/NET

The situation of fire fronts in progress is worrying. Constant rekindles are taking place in Gortynos of Arkadia, in Vlachoraptis, Sarakinio and Atsicholo. Flames that reached Kotili were put under control. However, Mavria and Kastanochori villages are being threatened. Firefighting forces are trying to control the situation. 7 villages that had evacuated 24 hours ago are now being evacuated for the second time. In Lakonia, in Agroianous of Parnonas the fire has been reinforced by strong winds. Ground forces are battling to reach the gnarled area the fire is burning. In Olympos two rekindles were reported. However, the situation is under complete control by the firemen.

All night battle with flames

Ground firefighting forces battled with flames all night in Gortynos and Megalopolis municipalities. The fire which rekindled Thursday at noon spread to short distance from DEH power plant in Megalopolis. This fire front is abating at present while aircrafts are dropping water in the region since early morning. According to Gortyno mayor, Kostas Mihopoulos the is divided in two sections, one burning near Blahorapti village and the other near Mabria where efforts are made to bring it under control
According to the General Secretary of Civil Protection there is danger of fire blasts in Corinth, Achaia, Ilia, Arkadia, Messinia, Lakonia, Zakynthos, Kerkyra, Aitolokarnania, Lakonia, Zakynthos, Kefallinia, Lefkada, Preveza, Arta, Ionnina, Thessprotia, Magnissia, Larissa, Pieria and Kozani on Saturday.


Under Custody for Arson

Meanwhile, under the District Attorney’s decision the 62 years old who was accused of arson in Areopolis and Neos Oitylos is taken into custody. The Authorities proceeded to the above decision after a testimony given twice by the Hayward of the area.
In Thessaloniki, 22 years old farmer accused of starting a fire when he dropped his cigarette in the countryside was set free. The fire that burnt half a hectare was caused by the light cigarette. The 63 years old that caused fire in Drakonteio of Lagada during electric welding was also set free.


Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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Postby Carolina » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:14 pm

Latest news on the fires, today Sunday : firefighters spent all last night battling flames in the hills in the Peloponnese but no other villages succumbed to the flames. Fires are still burning in mountainous areas and water planes and helicopters are still working to extinguish them. It was feared that strong winds today could re-ignite more fires.

A total of 65 people have been killed... this morning an injured fireman died in hospital.

Initial estimates are that 1500 homes have been destroyed including whole villlages, and more than 4000 people have been left homeless.

At least 184,000 hectares of land have burnt. The finance ministry estimate that at least 50% of agricultural production has been destroyed in the affected areas.

Storms in Northern Greece flooded 2 villages today, and rain is expected to spread throughout other parts of Greece tonight so there is hope that this will finally douse the flames and smoldering embers.

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Postby allan » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:13 pm

"Storms in Northern Greece flooded 2 villages today, and rain is expected to spread throughout other parts of Greece tonight so there is hope that this will finally douse the flames and smoldering embers." Quote

I agree Carolina with your comments re the dying embers, flames etc, but because the eco system has now been totally destroyed in many locations, what happens when the rains come?

Floods, landslides, etc I hope that the rains this year are less than in previous years, after all they have had to put up with, lets trust winter is kind to them.

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Postby Muttly » Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:58 pm

Humanity sometimes tends to forget just how the earth and nature shapes itself and therefore our future. Try as we might all our impacts upon the earth pale into insignificance against nature.

Of course a lack of rain this winter may turn into a mixed blessing if the result is goint to be a shortage of water in the future.

If I believed in them I'd say it was in the hands of the Gods.

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Postby paulh » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:13 pm

Torrential rains will come in Sept/October as they do every year. The drains in Athens will get blocked by the summer's dust and debris washing in and there will be flooding in the lower lying areas. Afterwards the drains will be sucked out clear as they are each year and the dirt extracted deposited to the side of the drain ready to be washed down by the next heavy rainstorm....call me cynical but watch it happen.

Greece always has torrential rain and thunderstorms in Autumn, exactly the sort that will do most damage, whether it turns out to be more (or less) overall is somewhat insignificant it is the violence of the individual storms that does the damage.

The one hope is that rains come soon whilst the roots in the damaged areas are still whole not dried and withered and that those roots hold the land together better.

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Postby Carolina » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:07 pm

There is some encouraging news on the clean up and anti -flooding measures after the fires - anti flooding projects started from Monday in the afflicted areas. This is the first stage of the works of the Ministry of Environment and Public Works. Construction Companies have undertaken the responsibility to fulfill these works after a proposal they submitted to offer their services free of charge. Also 50 trained forest workers of Parnitha will be working in Ilia while another 100 will be added next week when anti corrosion works will start. Anti flooding works in Ancient Olympia are starting on Tuesday.

Throughout August an army of 220 woodcutters have been working on Mount Parnitha, which burnt in July, to build flood prevention dams as part of the erosion control project.

The government will also accommodate hundreds of homeless people - in Zacharo prefabricated houses are being given to the fire victims. Those who lost their homes have been given emergency relief payments of 3,000 euros, paid through banks in the affected areas and huge queues formed. The ease with which payments could be claimed (checks were to be made at a later date to speed up the payments for the needy) also encouraged the opportunists. A number of people have been arrested for making false claims, and the government have now declared a 10 day amnesty for those who falsely claimed money to give it back or face a four month jail sentence. So far at least 110 people have returned their cash!

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Postby allan » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:06 pm

Anybody see the news last night re Thessaloniki ,rain, storms, floods, cars and houses dragged along in a torrent of water, maybe the start of things to come...I hope not!! Please, they have suffered enough.


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