Greek fires: Aerial pictures display devastation

Burnt area from the hills to the sea, Mati, Greece Image copyright AFP

Aerial pictures of scorched towns and villages have revealed the dimensions of the devastation resulting from this week’s fatal wildfires in Greece.

Flames tore thru pine forests round Athens on Monday night time, killing a minimum of 83 folks. Many more are lacking.

The speedy-moving flames engulfed the houses of terrified residents and vacationers, in addition as those looking to flee in cars or on foot.

Burnt-out houses and cars will also be observed around the east Atica towns and villages of Mati, Neos Voutzas and Rafina, with entire groups devastated.

A map produced via ECU satellite carrier Copernicus unearths the devastation of residential areas.

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In the coastal village of Mati, one resident described the arrival of the fires as “an evening of hell”.

Interactive See how fire left trail of destruction in Mati, Greece


Cars destroyed by fires in Mati, Greece

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Google Street View image of Poseidonos Avenue

Many survivors had been stored by way of fleeing to the sea, but a big collection of the sufferers had been trapped on the subject of a cliff-edge, unable to reach the water.

Mati, an hour’s pressure east of Athens, is made up of small villas, standard amongst Greeks as a weekend getaway destination.

Aerial view of wildfire damage in Mati, Greece Symbol copyright Reuters

It’s also home to a big group of retirees, and, all the way through school holidays, many babies arrive to spend time by means of the coast with their grandparents.

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Grandmother Sophia Tsaganou Profitou described driving at prime velocity round fallen burning tree branches to get her 88-year-old husband Yannis and her nine-year-old granddaughter Katerina to protection.

“all of it took place so speedy,” she said. “nobody warned us. Yannis instructed us to get our stuff but we didn’t even have time for that, the flames have been already here.”

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Neos Voutzas

The all of a sudden advancing inferno additionally engulfed local Neos Voutzas, a village nestled among the rolling hills lined via pine trees.

Theofilaktos Logothetic defined his get away: “the fireplace was chasing after us, whoever managed to go away in time, did so. the person who was once right at the back of me whilst I drove to the principle road did not make it, the hearth took him and melted him.”

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The flames additionally reached Rafina, the place citizens fled to the ocean to flee.

Damaged vehicles in Rafina, Greece Symbol copyright Getty Pictures

As volunteers now accumulate meals and garments for the survivors, the hunt goes on for many still missing since the evening of the fire.


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