Apocalyptic images from Greece are coming again this summer, after the country is once again ravaged by fires. The high temperatures and strong wind make it increasingly difficult for the firefighters, who are fighting hard to stop the spread of the flames, but also to extinguish the fires. How many Romanian firefighters were sent to fight the flames.
Apocalyptic images from Greece, due to the fires
Greece has been burning for days, and the terrible fires seem to have no end. In the island of Rhodes, a huge wildfire, out of control, forced local authorities to evacuate several areas, including two tourist resorts.
The authorities have evacuated more than 30,000 people in the last hours, they were forced to leave their homes or hotels and were told by a message to 112 to head to the city of Rhodes.
Three Coast Guard vessels, an Army lifeboat, a special forces inflatable boat and 30 private sailboats assisted in the evacuation. A private shipping company also offered one of its ships to accommodate some of the evacuees.
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a crisis cell in Athens
“The biggest evacuation in the history of the country”, declared the police in Greece, and the images are truly apocalyptic. Moreover, more and more images are circulating on social networks with areas engulfed in flames, black smoke and fleeing tourists.
The Greek Foreign Ministry opened a crisis cell in Athens to facilitate the repatriation of foreign tourists. Next, temperatures of over 44 degrees are expected in Greece, which makes the work of firefighters even more difficult.
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Raed Arafat, about the situation of the Romanian firefighters in Greece to put out the fires
The head of the DSU announced that 52 Romanian firefighters were mobilized and sent urgently to Rhodes to help the Greeks in the fight against wildfires.
According to him, they should arrive during Monday, July 24, in the areas devastated by the fire.
“We sent three contingents, two by 40 people and the last one that left the day before yesterday with 50 people. From what I found out, I know that colleagues from Slovakia are also directed to Rhodes.
The other 80 Romanian firefighters who are currently remaining in the Athens area intervene in the areas with forest fires around Athens, at distances of 30-40 kilometers. I get missions daily. He travels and works with colleagues in Greece.
Romanian firefighters will arrive in Rhodes tomorrow. I hope they will be rested on the way. The mode of operation will be coordinated by the Greek authorities, as is done with all teams traveling from other countries. We currently have 130 firefighters in Greece and we have already added twice to the original number of 40,” said Raed Arafat, on CNN’s Antena 3.
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