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Prevention key to batting fires, expert stresses

Plans for Greece's new civil protect mechanism appear to put too much emphasis on fighting fires rather than preventing them, warns Professor Johann Georg Goldammer, director of the Global Fire Monitoring Center based at Freiburg University and senior scientist at the Max Planck Society for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Department, who was invited by the previous government to lead a special commi

Fire-hit town issues appeal to speed up restoration

In an open letter made public over the weekend, residents of Mati, the coastal settlement in East Attica that was ravaged by disastrous forest fires in the summer of last year, complained that works to restore the area are moving at a slow pace, meaning that many will be obliged to spend a second winter in temporary accommodation.

Minister steps in to stop contentious auction

The auction of a primary residence belonging to a family affected by the 2018 deadly wildfire in Mati in eastern Attica, which on Wednesday sparked clashes between riot police and communist unionists, has been suspended following an intervention by Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, state-run Athens-Macedonia news agency (ANA-MPA) reports.

Anna Vissi Charity Concert | Mati | September 7

Greek-Cypriot pop star Anna Vissi is dedicating an evening of her summer concert tour to the eastern Attica town of Mati, which was devastated by a wildfire last year. Vissi, who represented Greece at the Eurovision song contests of 1980 and 2006, and Cyprus in 1982, is credited with being one of the key proponents in the explosion of the Greek pop scene in the 1990s.

PM pledges to rebuild fire-ravaged town in visit to cleared plot

Returning from his official trip to Paris, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday visited a plot of land in eastern Attica which was recently cleaned of 20,000 tonnes of charred tree trunks and branches, cut down and collected after last year's deadly blaze in the resort town of Mati.

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