The Greek wildfires which roared around outskirts of the capital Athens devoured more than 30,000 hectares of forest, farming land and olive groves.
It is from the air you see the sheer scale of the devastation. But now the flames have receded, now people are able to return to what is left of their homes, there is a huge anger against the government for being unprepared. This villager, George Antonakis said:”“The village was left without water, there was no water to put out the fire in our houses, that was a major mistake, wasn’t it?” This year’s fires, which may have been started deliberately as a way of clearing land for unscrupulous property developers, began Friday. Tens of thousands fled their homes and a state of emergency was declared. Under heavy criticism a Greek government spokesman said: “Our position is clear: where a forest was burned, it will stay as forest land.” But few Greeks believe him. There were already plans on the table for 25,000 hectares of forest land near Athens to be turned into urban areas.