EVROS, Greece, ATHENS — Greece on Friday rescued a gaggle of 25 migrants trapped in a wildfire which has been burning within the northeastern area of Evros for nearly two weeks, authorities stated.
The wildfire in Evros, Europe’s deadliest this summer time, burned for a 14th day after killing at the very least 20 individuals, destroying properties and livelihoods and scorching lush forests.
All however one of many useless within the Evros fireplace are believed to have been migrants who crossed over from Turkey, evading police within the forest. Evros is a well-liked crossing into the European Union for 1000’s of migrants and refugees yearly.
Plane and lots of of firefighters battled the blaze within the Dadia Forest amid fast-changing winds on Friday.
A Reuters video confirmed migrants sitting on a highway subsequent to a subject, with timber engulfed in thick gray smoke within the background, earlier than authorities drove them away on an open-backed truck.
“Whereas working between the villages of Giannouli and Dadia, 25 individuals have been discovered and brought to a secure place by the hearth brigade and police,” Greek fireplace brigade spokesperson Ioannis Artopoios advised Reuters.
The migrants have been all male and stated they have been from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, a police official stated. The official stated they have been arrested.
The Copernicus Emergency Administration Service stated the Evros fireplace had ravaged at the very least 812.6 sq. kilometres (313.8 sq. miles), bigger than New York Metropolis’s 778.2 sq. kilometres (300.5 sq. miles).
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stated at the very least 30% of Greece’s protected Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest had been burned.
Summer season wildfires are frequent within the Mediterranean nation however the authorities has stated that extraordinarily dry, windy and sizzling situations that scientists hyperlink to local weather change have made them worse this 12 months, forcing 1000’s of evacuations.
Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Thursday that Greece would launch drones, set up forest temperature sensors and rent extra workers to enhance firefighting after criticism from local weather activists.
Switzerland stated on Friday it can dispatch three military helicopters and personnel to assist firefighting in Evros.
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