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Burning Greece: from Marathon to Athens evacuate

August 24 2009
06:36

In Greece, forest fires are not subsiding. Today, because of the welter the evacuation of residents of the Athens suburbs. Because of the current emergency Greek President Karolos Papoulias cut short his vacation and returned to the country.

The most complicated is the situation with forest fires in the east of Athens. Firefighters did not manage to stop the spread of fire, as due to the steady heat is not enough water to extinguish. Fire destroyed dozens of homes and cars.

Authorities carried out the evacuation of residents. So, on the outskirts of Marathon, which is located only 40 kilometers to the northeast of the capital of Greece, the inhabitants were evacuated 150 homes - people take with them only what is needed.

According to preliminary data rescue, resulting in fire injuring two people, now they are hospitalized. In the fire involved more than 600 firefighters, 12 aircraft and seven helicopters. On it informs AFP.

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