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Greeks struggle to battle devastating fires

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Greeks struggle to battle devastating fires


The battle to save Greek towns and villages from deadly wildfires is made up of many small victories and defeats. Firefighters and residents across the Peloponnese peninsula struggle to keep the flames at bay. As they push one fire back, sparks ignite another elsewhere, carried by the wind onto parched, tinder-dry ground.

Those unable to help combat the fire are left with no choice but to evacuate. But many elderly villagers have to be forced to leave their homes. Uninsured on their houses and possessions, they know that they may return to be left with nothing. With resources stretched across the many front lines of the blazes, locals are using whatever they can find to help save their land and property.

Fire engines and water bombers have not yet reached the more remote areas. Locals’ resistance is no match for the power of the inferno. For now they are doing what they can, desperate for the cavalry to arrive.

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