Occupational safety and health

Greek central bank pledges financial assistance to fire victims

The Bank of Greece announced on Thursday it will donate five million euros to help people affected by the deadly wildfires of 23 and 24 July that killed at least 83 people in Attica and assist in reconstruction efforts.

The central bank said it convened an extraordinary meeting of its general council at the request of its Chairman, BoG Governor Yannis Stournaras.

Greece thanks 'friends and partners' for support with deadly wildfires

Greece thanked on Wednesday the countries, institutions and ordinary people who offered assistance in tackling the deadly fires that ravaged the region of Attica this week.

At least 80 people have been killed, as rescue crews continued to search through charred homes and cars for the missing.

Firefighters remained in east Attica to prevent flare-ups.

House to house, crews search for missing in wildfire aftermath

In a scorched and blackened pine forest, Dionysis Tsiroglou and his team of volunteer rescuers are searching homes ravaged by Greece's deadliest wildfire, looking for the missing.

"Their relatives are asking us to move mountains - 'I want my aunt, I want my uncle, my son, my daughter, my father, my mother'," he said.

Mistakes and oversights

It may be too early to analyze the events that resulted in us mourning the deaths of at least 74 people in the eastern Attica wildfires, but it is essential if we are to reduce the risks of such a catastrophe happening again.