Aug 24 (Reuters) - A huge wildfire that tore through scores of homes and thousands of acres of forest near Athens, forcing thousands of residents to flee, started to recede on Monday.
NICOSIA, Oct 25, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Cyprus will allocate some 14.5 million euro (about 20 million U.S. dollars) for the reconstruction of a Greek village which was destroyed by the disastrous forest fires this summer, Interior Minister Christos Patsalides said on Thursday.
The government will assign the project through public bidding in the next two months. A five-member ministerial committee has been set up to supervise the reconstruction of Artemida, a village in Peloponnesus where some 30 houses and a local cultural center were reportedly destroyed by fires.
(Peloponnese, Greece) International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces an expansion of its ongoing work to provide relief to Peloponnese farmers whose homes and grazing lands were devastated by the August wildfires. Through donations received from supporters and a recent gift from IOCC Founder John G. Rangos a total of $200,000 will go towards the procurement and distribution of 250 metric tons of animal feed.
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(Ileia Province, Greece) On his back and through the flames that burned everything except his house, Father Ioanni carried to safety his 22 year-old son who had passed out from smoke inhalation. The wildfires that devastated Greece's western province of Ileia spared Father Ioanni's home but completely destroyed his father's 600 year-old home along with its original furnishings and olive and fruit trees.
Long-term needs assessment follows immediate help for affected
Washington -- The United States has rushed humanitarian assistance to Greece to help it recover from disastrous wildfires as part of a broader effort to support countries in distress.
"Wherever there are friends and allies that suffer disasters such as this [in Greece] we always try to look at how we can be helpful," says Kurt Volker, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe at the U.S. State Department.
Even before the August 25 state-of-emergency declaration in Greece, U.S.
(The Peloponnese, Greece) - The plan to bring relief to the farmers of Greece is underway with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) beginning its distribution of 170 metric tons of animal feed on Saturday. IOCC will provide farmers with an emergency supply of animal feed for small (sheep, goats, pigs) and large livestock (horses, bulls, cows) - a total of 53,000 head of livestock.
IOCC will begin by distributing 150 metric tons of animal feed to 54 villages in the Province of Ileia.
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(Parnonas, Greece) - Members of IOCC's Emergency Response Network in Greece to help with trauma counseling were called upon to assist Greek, French and Russian firefighters to protect the Monastery of Saint Anagyri from a fire on Parnonas Mountain in the Peloponnese. "The fires were advancing on the monastery from three directions," said Father Angelo Pappas of Portsmouth, New Hampshire who reported seeing flames reaching 30-40 feet.
Vatican City, 4 September 2007- The Catholic Church in Greece, which numbers just 50,000 people of a total population of 10.7 million, is pulling together to come to the aid of people left homeless, landless, and destitute by the fires that swept across huge swathes of the country in August.
"The Catholic Hierarchy of Greece is calling upon all of its local parishes, however few we may be, to set up a funds collection this Saturday and Sunday to be distributed by Caritas Hellas to victims of the fires," said Father Marco Vitale, the parish priest of Patras on the north …
Hurricane Felix came ashore on Tuesday morning in northeast Nicaragua, near Punta Gorda, as a category five storm. Hurricane warnings have also been issued for eastern Honduras.
By Vassilios Andriopoulos, member of the Hellenic Red Cross Search and Rescue Team (Samaritans Corps)
Devastating forest fires have swept over Greece, killing more than 60 people, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, livestock, crops and other property, and inflicting long-term damage on the environment.
L'Armée suisse achèvera demain mardi l'engagement de trois hélicoptères de type Super Puma pour la lutte contre les feux de forêt dans la péninsule grecque du Péloponnèse. Les hélicoptères reviennent en Suisse mercredi.
Les autorités grecques admettent avoir la situation en grande partie sous contrôle dans les régions incendiées. En accord avec la Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC), l'Armée suisse mettra un terme ce mardi à l'engagement de trois de ses Super Puma dans la lutte contre les feux de forêt.
The forest fires ravaging Greece in recent weeks have been unprecedented. More than 60 people have lost their lives, thousands left homeless, and over 250,000 hectares of forests and agricultural land (mainly olive groves and vineyards) have burned. The fires are still burning and many have yet to be put under control.
The burned area represents almost 2% of the surface area of the country.
Many biodiversity hotspots have been badly hit.
SOS Children's Villages will provide affected families with temporary shelters and counselling after devastating wildfires have raged across Greece.
SOS Children's Villages Greece will provide relief to families from Hleia, Arkadia, Messinia and Evoia. Up to 30 families who have lost their homes and all their belongings will be temporarily sheltered at the two Greek SOS Children's Villages. They will also receive counselling if needed.
After four days of grueling, round-the-clock activity in Greece, Israeli firefighters returned to Israel early Friday morning (31 August).
Israel had sent the group, numbering 52 graduates of the firefighters' officers course,in response to an appeal from Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to help Greece combat the huge fires that have been raging there for more than a week.
Members of the Israeli embassy in Greece accompanied the firefighters and liaised between them and local firefighters as well as between the Israeli visitors and the Jewish …
Brussels, 31st August 2007. European regional Policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner is flying over the Peloponnese today by helicopter in order to start to evaluate the damage caused by the fires of the last few days. She meets Prime Minister Mr. Costas Karamanlis, the Minister of Economy and Finances Mr.George Alogoskoufis and the Deputy Minister Mr. Christos Folias. She also meets the President of the PASOK party, Mr. George Papandreou.
"I came today to express our European solidarity with all affected by unprecedented disaster. We all feel Greeks these days.
By Karolos Grohmann
KATO SAMIKO, Greece, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Planes dropped water on smouldering forest fires in Greece on Friday and the European Union promised a huge aid effort to help the recovery from the inferno which has been burning for more than a week.
Firefighters tackled two main fire fronts remaining of a nationwide emergency that has killed 63 people and made thousands homeless.
Pre-fabricated homes were being delivered at the pace of 40 a day, often up winding mountain paths to help house those whose homes had been razed.
The government has paid out …