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Athens wildfire affects almost 35,000 hectares

European Union's satellite mapping assessment

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

The area affected by the fire that broke out on July 17th in Neo Kouvara and spread to areas in Eastern Attica (Lagonisi, Saronida, Anavyssos) covers 34,724 hectares. This data was obtained through satellite mapping conducted by the Copernicus/Emergency Management Service - Mapping of the European Union. The activation of this service was initiated by the Directorate of Planning and Emergency Response of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, under the command of the Secretary-General, Vasilis Papageorgiou, to accurately assess the extent of the damaged region.

Also, note that the Copernicus/Emergency Management Service - Mapping has been activated for the areas in Western Attica-Boeotia and Corinthia (Loutraki), which have been affected by forest fires since July 17th. The cartographic data and products resulting from the analysis of satellite images for these regions are expected promptly, as the requests have been accepted by the European Union.

Field Inspections
Simultaneously, yesterday, inspections and assessments of damages to buildings and businesses were initiated by the services of the General Secretariat for Natural Disaster Restoration and State Aid of the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, in collaboration with the Attica Region and the Municipality of Saronikos. Six inspection teams were deployed to the area for this purpose.

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