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  • Updated: August 29, 2023

Unprecedented Wildfires Engulf Greece, EU Mobilizes To Combat Devastation

Unprecedented Wildfires Engulf Greece, EU Mobilizes To Comba

The European Commission has expressed alarm over the ongoing forest fires in Greece, dubbing them "the largest wildfire ever recorded in the EU."

The inferno, now raging for 11 days, has left a trail of destruction in northeastern Greece, claiming the lives of at least 20 individuals and inflicting what experts describe as an "ecological disaster."

In response to the catastrophe, the European Union initiated a robust intervention. Eleven planes and a helicopter from the EU fleet have been dispatched to aid Greece in combating the fire, primarily centered north of Alexandroupoli.

The contingent is reinforced by 407 firefighters, as stated by spokesman Balazs Ujvari. Regrettably, the conflagration has consumed more than 810 square kilometers (310 square miles) of land, surpassing the expanse of New York City.

“This wildfire is the largest in the EU since 2000 when the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) began recording data," the service said.

The dire implications of the inferno extend beyond human tragedy. The blaze continues to rage uncontrollably within the confines of Dadia National Park, a vital sanctuary for avian predators.

The catastrophe undeniably marks a monumental ecological setback.

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