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‘My house was totally burnt’: Greek villagers return home to see damage caused by wildfires

Part of the destroyed village of Avas in the Alexandrupolis region of northern Greece. Euronews Bulgaria.
Part of the destroyed village of Avas in the Alexandrupolis region of northern Greece. Euronews Bulgaria. Copyright Euronews Bulgaria
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Euronews spoke to villagers who returned to their homes in Greece after wildfires burned through the region.

The situation in northern Greece is gradually returning to normal after devastating wildfires swept through the area, but many of the residents around Alexandroupolis continue to worry about the fires' consequences.

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In Avas, some of the town's residents have returned to see if their homes survived the blaze. Among them is Apostolos, whose house was one of the eight destroyed by the fire.

"All around the village, there was fire. My house was totally burnt," he told Euronews. 

Apostolos says he does not know what he will do now, but he will follow the guidelines of the local government.

The region's authorities are also grappling with the aftermath of the wildfires, which have been described as the EU's largest on record.

"It has been so difficult for us," Giorgios, the mayor of Avas, said. "The fire was everywhere, it had covered all corners of the village. We ordered an immediate evacuation of the residents."

Traffic in the area has now been restored. The Alexandroupolis Motor Transport Control has also lifted a curfew in northeastern Greece.

Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers and firefighters from several European countries, including Bulgaria, are working around the clock to tackle the remaining wildfires. 

Watch Euronews' report in the video player above to learn more.

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