The wildfires in Greece continue with no hopes of stopping anytime soon. It is one of the worst heat waves the country is facing. The air quality of Athens, the capital city of Greece, is likely to deteriorate soon.
Many People are Criticizing the Government
There have been a startling number of 586 wildfires across Greece. The first wildfire erupted in Patras, followed by Rhodes Island, Athens suburbs, and then around Olympia and on Evia Island. There has been a lot of criticism of the Greece Government’s approach to the climate change challenges. Many people have blamed the government for its lack of allocation of resources for the issue and for its lack of initiative. They have expressed their anger and sadness over the late assistance.
Recently, many people protested the government outside the Greek Parliament in Athens and criticized the government for giving maximum priority to military and police growth and development and for not paying enough attention to the fire brigade.
The Government’s Response
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis recently called this situation a “natural disaster of unprecedented proportions,” and he even apologized to the citizens for any weakness by the government in its attempt to contain the situation. The Prime Minister even vowed that those responsible for the wildfire would be held accountable for their actions.
In fact, the Greece Government has recently cried for help from other countries. There is a hope that this situation can get much better with the European Union emergency response system. Many countries from Europe and the Middle East have now provided their assistance to help Greece.
The Greek firefighters have been relentlessly working on the wildfire in the northwest of the Greek capital and have used water-dropping planes and helicopters to contain the situation. With the help of planes, vehicles, and firefighters from Europe and the Middle East, the attempt will go on.
Thousands of people from villages have been evacuated. The government is now in plans to reimburse these people and make reforestation attempts as well. There will also be specific measures to deal with the wildfire situation.
Recent Evacuation by Ferry
Recently, the situation near Athens got so worse that many tourists and residents had to be evacuated by ferry from the Evia island, which is said to be the second-largest Island of Evia. Unfortunately, over half of the Island has been burned, and the sky is said to have turned completely orange due to the ash and smoke.
To Sum Up
Europe remains shrouded in smoke, and it is likely to experience several droughts in the years to come. Recently, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ICC) stated that many of these climate changes had reached such proportions that they are now irreversible.