The fires’ seemingly unstoppable advance on Athens has forced thousands to abandon their homes, taking what they can, and not knowing if there will be anything to come back to.
The suburb of Dionysos is just one of several on the northeastern side of the city under threat as firefighters struggle for control. One resident said: “Most people have left, but I couldn’t. I’ve done what I can, but it seems you can’t fight this fire – it’s moving too fast.” It was a similar story in Aghios Stephanos, where some 12,000 local people were encouraged to pack up and move out. The evacuation was hindered though by the closure of the local railway station as the fires attacked the tracks. The flames have have travelled more than 55 kms since Friday despite the best efforts of the emergency services. A state of emergency has been declared in Athens as the city prepares for the worst.