July 25 () –
The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has acknowledged this Tuesday that it will be a “difficult summer” because of the forest fires that for more than a week have raged in large areas, such as Rhodes or Corfu, where they have not yet been controlled: “There is no magic solution,” he lamented.
Mitsotakis has indicated that this “unprecedented heat”, a product of the climate crisis, is responsible for some fires, which despite having “more personnel and more means”, present an “always difficult” battle.
“We know things are likely to get worse, not better, with higher temperatures, more drought and strong winds. The morphology of our terrain makes extinction extremely difficult in many cases. So we have a tough summer ahead of us,” Mitsotakis warned.
“In this fight it is important that we have not had any human losses and the evacuation operations were organized and effective,” stressed the Greek prime minister, according to the public television channel ERT.
“We can do better,” he assured, however, after highlighting the more than 20,000 people who managed to evacuate in just a few hours in Rhodes, including thousands of tourists.