Greece is experiencing an environmental calamity of historic magnitude, with 586 forest fires raging throughout the nation. This European country is experiencing one of its deadliest heatwaves in several decades, with firemen battling wildfires all over the country. Just in the last several days, there have been 63 coordinated evacuations. Over the last week, the fire has burned hundreds of houses and caused the evacuation of tens of towns. The previous few days were perhaps some of the most challenging for the nation. With high heat as well as months of famine among factors complicating firefighting operations.
Environmental officials have cautioned that the consequences of global warming on the region will be most devastating in southern Europe, where droughts are getting increasingly regular and drastic. On Monday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a climate report which found that it is unambiguous that human activities are to blame for the climate catastrophe and verified that irreversible widespread rapid alterations had already begun. As per the study, researchers are more convinced than ever before about the links connecting the climate problem and weather events: worldwide, disasters that might have occurred perhaps once every decade or so, are now occurring 70% more frequently. As a result of the devastating droughts, heat waves, and wildfires have lengthened, leading to more catastrophic incidents.
On the 9th of August, firefighters and volunteer groups were using a water hose to contain a smoldering flame to try and suppress the fire in the settlement of Glatsona on Evia island. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s Prime Minister, stated that any shortcomings in Greece’s emergency operation would be recognized, those guilty will be held accountable, and individuals whose property was damaged will be reimbursed. On Tuesday, the prime minister will preside over a cabinet meeting at which concrete steps to minimize the damage caused by the fires will be announced.