Greece Fires Continue for 8th Day, More Than 230,000 Acres Burned
Greece is fighting for the eighth consecutive day with its fires, particularly on two main fronts: The north of the island of Evia and the broader area of Gortynia in the Peloponnesian regional unit of Arcadia.
The country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated on Monday that there had been a total of 63 orderly evacuations of towns and villages in the past several days while 586 fires had broken out all around the country.
According to the latest announcement issued by the National Observatory of Athens, Greece has lost 93,368 hectares (230,717 acres) of forests in 2021 alone.
These figures are based on calculations made by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS).
Greece comes third in Europe, after Turkey and Italy, in total numbers of burned land, with a staggering increase of 336 percent, compared to the average between 2002 and 2020.
These figures show the magnitude of the environmental, social, and financial catastrophe Greece has been enduring, with the situation still not being completely over.