In a single day, partitions of flames raged by forests, prompting authorities to evacuate full villages and hospitals as first responders battled to tame the hearth for days.
A whole lot of firefighters from Greece and throughout the European Union had been deployed together with dozens of plane.
The recent, tinder-dry circumstances, which scientists stated had been made worse by local weather change, created one in all Greece’s hottest summers on report and the proper circumstances for blazes that killed no less than 18 individuals.
Whereas the overall variety of fires recorded by Wednesday this yr, 51, is decrease than final yr’s complete of 66, the blazes have burned nearly 9 instances extra land.
The fires had been the biggest ever confronted by the European Union, Janez Lenarčič, the European commissioner for disaster administration, stated in August.
Scientists say excessive climate phenomena are solely going to be extra frequent as the results of local weather change worsen.
When all was over in early September, residents had begun to return to what remained of their villages solely to be battered by report rainfall.
Storm Daniel, the lethal cyclone that flooded areas of the Mediterranean from Greece to Libya in early September, grew to become one of the fierce storms Greece had ever seen, sweeping homes off their foundations with rainfall that lasted three days and claimed no less than 17 lives.