As wildfires continue to ravage Greece, thousands have marched in Athens, slamming the government’s handling of the crisis. The rally echoes increasing criticism from opposition parties, just three weeks before a snap election. For yet another night, forests, farmland, homes and lives have been destroyed. Although help has been arriving from across Europe, 63 people have already been killed. The southern Peloponnese is one of the worst affected areas, although the historic site of Olympia was spared. Keratea and Styra are among the many towns to have suffered.
The government is now launching a terrorist investigation into the cause of some of the fires. So far three elderly people and two young boys have been charged. A reward of up to a million euros has been offered for information leading to the arrest of any culprits.
Threatened by towering walls of fire, thousands of Greeks have been forced to abandon their homes, some plucked from isolated regions by helicopter. Emergency services are overwhelmed, leaving many people to fend for themselves.