Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Warnes of High Risk of Traveling to Greece Over Wildfires

For four days in a row, the extreme likelihood of wildfires happened across Greece

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13.08.2019
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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has advised Ukrainian citizens to restrict travel across areas of Greece where, due to the heat and strong winds, the highest fourth and fifth levels of fire danger were declared.

“The highest fire risk (category 5) was introduced in Attica, Central Greece, certain areas of the Peloponnese peninsula (Corinthia, Argolis, Arcadia, East Laconia). The category 4 fire risk was declared in other areas of the Peloponnese peninsula, on the Aegean Islands, Western Greece, the Ionian Islands,” ministry’s consular service department reported.

The consular service department also advised Ukrainians to keep track of reports from local authorities about the situation, follow the instructions of rescue services, as well as take into account possible changes in the traffic schedule.

Greek authorities warned of increased wildfire danger through Tuesday, across most of southern mainland Greece, in the north Aegean islands and in part of the northeastern province of Thrace, near the Turkish border. Strong winds and high temperatures helped stoke dozens of wildfires across Greece.

The Fire Service said 63 broke out between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

On Sunday, due to fires from the island of Elafonisos in southern Greece, a tourist camp and local residents were evacuated. For the same reason, several thousand tourists had to refuse a trip to the island on a ferry.

Source UATV
date 13.08.2019
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