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Wildfires Ravaging Greece
As the year unfolds, Greece finds itself in the grip of an unprecedented wildfire crisis. The cumulative area burnt in our country since the beginning of the year has surged by a staggering +195% when compared to the average annual burnt area recorded between 2002 and 2022. This alarming statistic highlights the severity of the situation we currently face.
Greece now leads among 20 Mediterranean countries in terms of burnt areas, with a staggering 281,480 hectares affected. Spain follows closely in second place with 824,640 hectares, and Italy ranks third with 595,330 hectares affected. Shockingly, even countries like France (+66%) and Morocco (+30%) have experienced an increase in burnt areas, while others have witnessed a decrease.
Over the past three years alone, Greece has seen fires consume nearly 3,000,000 acres of our precious land. It’s a grim reminder of the urgent need for coordinated efforts to combat these devastating wildfires.
Devastating Floods Strike Thessaly
Thessaly, a region of central Greece covering 14,036 km² and representing about 11% of our nation’s total area, has been hit hard by catastrophic flooding. The heavy rainfall brought by the relentless bad weather system, Daniel, has resulted in the loss of human lives, extensive damage to our fauna, and the destruction of entire villages.
Currently, the flooded area is estimated at a heartbreaking 183,920 acres, and the floods show no signs of abating. Many areas remain under emergency conditions, and the scale of this environmental disaster is expected to be substantial.
Our thoughts and support go out to all those affected by these devastating wildfires and floods. We must come together as an international community to address these urgent challenges and work towards a more resilient and sustainable future. Stay tuned for updates on relief efforts and ways you can help make a difference.