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Investigation about wildfires in Attica

01 September 2009 / 09:09:05  GRReporter
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GRReporterGradually a scandal is forming around the wildfires from last week. "Every time there are fires in Athens, new houses start appearing on the place of the burnt trees. Our country approves illegal building," shares Greenpeace director Nikos Haralampidis in more than one statement.

The prosecutor's office in Athens started an investigation for the reasons of the fire, in order for all speculations in the media about illegal building to stop. Rights protecting organizations started voicing their opinions, because of the destruction of the "lungs" of the capital. Remarks are mockingly being thrown at the government's press center, from where a statement was issued, which said that pine trees are to blame for everything, because they are beautiful but they are everywhere and they stand on the way of putting out the fire. On the other hand, economy crisis experts say that right now the construction business is a working sector and it brings income to all citizens.

The investigation of the firefighting department had to start before the weather turned bad, because now all pieces of evidence are gone. The results, which will show whether the fire had started on purpose, have been given to the prosecutor's office.

GRReporter reminds you that on August 21-24 there was a wildfire in Attica, which grew very fast. The fire fight continued for four days. Firefighters, airplanes, helicopters and volunteers from all over the country helped put it out. Help from abroad came as well: 2 Italian, 4 French and one Turkish airplanes and one helicopter from Cyprus. The wildfire destroyed a huge area covered with trees and 150 houses. The minister of environment and public works assured that: The authorities will take all necessary measures to compensate the citizens and to prevent soil erosion and floods. The burnt territory will be supervised so that no illegal construction takes place.

Dilyana Ivanova


Tags: SocietyNewsCrime newsWildfires in Greece
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