Greece is facing a revolt by evacuees as a result of a lack of firefighters in the midst of a deadly fire.
GREEK residents are seeking a thorough emergency response to the devastating flames that have engulfed 140,000 acres of the country, displacing over 2000 people.
Karolina Tagaris, a Reuters correspondent in Athens, recounted to Times Radio how Greek civilians fleeing the raging wildfires on the Greek island of Evia had resorted to pleading on live television to demand more help from the Greek authorities. She described how locals in Greece are enraged by a lack of firefighters and firefighting units as the flames, which have been burning for 11 days, consume more and more houses and livelihoods. She went on to stress that because of the poor reaction, it’s impossible to say when the fires will be put out.
“The folks we’ve spoken to on the ground are quite angry,” Ms Tagaris added.
“Some individuals are even going on the air and asking for more firefighting planes…
“There will also be extra firefighters on the ground.”
She went on to explain how the situation has deteriorated to the point where evacuees are being forced to flee by boat, demanding that authorities do more to combat the country-wide fires.
“These marine rescues were necessary since the fires had closed off any other means of escape from those villages,” the correspondent explained.
“Because the only option for them to leave was from the shore, the coastguard organized these operations.
“And that was the only way to a safer region for many people in those seashore villages.”
“A lot of people are angry,” she continued, “because they believe it is not enough, or that authorities did too little too late.”
And, in a sad moment, she recounted how evacuees have lost everything as the government fails to respond to the country’s and people’s cataclysmic damage caused by the fires.
“Many have lost their homes, companies, and livelihoods,” she remarked.
“As a result, there is a lot of rage among those who have been forced to flee.”
According to the Reuters journalist, one person said that the Greek government had “abandoned” the people of Greece, while Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned that the country may face a “nightmarish summer” of forest fires.
Thousands of people have lost their homes, businesses, land, and cattle as a result of the fires, which have now been blazing for 11 days. British firemen have been called in to help. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”