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Evros counts the cost of the Greek wildfires that raged for 16 days

A warehouse on fire in the village of Dikela, near Alexandroupolis town, in the northeastern Evros region, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023.
A warehouse on fire in the village of Dikela, near Alexandroupolis town, in the northeastern Evros region, Greece, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Copyright Achilleas Chiras/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
Copyright Achilleas Chiras/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Ioannis Karagiorgas with Euronews
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The tourist resort of Alexandroupolis is struggling to rebuild from a disaster that destroyed property and drove away tourists.

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With its beautiful landscape, clean beaches and tranquil atmosphere, Alexandroupolis has long been a tourist destination, but after a summer of wildfires, the town in northeastern Greece is counting the economic cost of an ecological disaster.

It is estimated that 48% of the municipality’s land was scorched in a 16-day fire which led to thousands of cancellations by holidaymakers.

“You can understand that what happened, this situation, may take years for customers to feel safe again and sure that they will come and find these things that made Alexandroupoli famous: green nature, Evros, sea and safety,” said Apostolos Palakidis, President of Thrace hoteliers.

Euronews journalist Ioannis Karagiorgas visited the area to find out how its residents are coping. You can see his full report above.

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