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Wildfires in Greece, EU sends more planes and firefighters

Men and vehicles should arrive in the country still today

21 August, 15:09

(ANSA) - BELGRADE, AUG 21 - In response to the outbreak of new wildfires in the region of Alexandroupolis-Feres in Greece, the EU will deploy two firefighting aircraft based in Cyprus and one firefighting team from Romania via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Commission announced today. 56 firefighters and 10 vehicles are expected to arrive in the country today. In addition, one pre-deployed French ground firefighting team is already operating in Greece as part of the EU's preparedness plan for the wildfire season.
    Janez Lenarcic, commissioner for crisis management, stated, "Greece has already experienced its worst July since 2008 in terms of wildfires. The burnt area is bigger and the fires are more intense and more violent, burning more area than before.
    The fire in Alexandroupolis-Feres already damaged homes and caused the evacuation of 8 villages. The EU's fast response is once again essential and I thank these Cyprus and Romania for helping the Greek firefighters already operating on the ground." (ANSA).
   

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