Greece Reports 60 Forest Fires In 24 Hours, 8 Hospitalized

Local authorities said that eight people were hospitalized with burns and respiratory problems after a forest fire in Greece on Sunday.

About 300 firefighters, two water bomber planes, and five helicopters were battling the forest fire. The fire also destroyed homes and farm buildings.

Officials evacuated five villages and a seaside town after a fire broke out early Saturday near Patras, in the Peloponnese, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) west of Athens.

The EU’s European Forest Fire Information System said 13,511 hectares (334 acres) had been burnt Sunday.

The mayor of nearby Aigialeias, Dimitris Kalogeropoulos, called the fire “an immense catastrophe.”

“There has not yet been an official assessment of the damage, but around ten houses in the area of Ziria have burnt down, as well as farming sheds and stables — which is a lot for the residents of the region who make their living from agriculture,” he said.

Meanwhile, Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis acknowledged the firefighters for saving dozens of properties from the flames after visiting the site Sunday.

Officials reopened roads and a significant bridge in the region.

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