July 15, 2024

A 55-year-old man was reportedly injured in a blaze in the region of Ilia on the Peloponnese peninsula but unfortunately died at a hospital according to a fire service official.

It was reported 120 firefighters, assisted by dozens of engines, were deployed to tame forest fires in Achaia region, which spread fast to the nearby district of Ilia and raged uncontrolled.

“All forces are making a superhuman effort to tame them,amid winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph)”, Greek fire brigade spokesperson Vasilis Vathrakogiannis said.

At about 45 wildfires broke out in the country within a few hours.Wildfires are common in the Mediterranean country, but they have become more devastating as summers have become hotter, drier and windier, which scientists relate to climate change.

Residents of several villages in the fire-afflicted areas were told to flee their homes, while some used small buckets to assist in firefighting.

“Civil protection forces have been on alert as the risk of wildfires remains high for Saturday,” Vathrakogiannis stated.“One forest fire that briefly threatened houses at a coastal town close to Athens was contained earlier on Friday,” the fire brigade added.

Marvelous Ogidi

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