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Greece’s Thassos under fire

The Greek island of Thassos was on Monday facing its third consecutive day of forest fires, started by lightning on Saturday.

Several towns in the mountainous areas had to be evacuated as a precaution, while four firefighters were injured and several towns suffered damages.

More than 200 firefighters, along with a group of volunteers, worked overnight to try to extinguish the fires,

The majority of the flames were in recession after firefighting aircraft returned, but Greek firefighting units did not rule out the risk of relapses.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was due to arrive to the island on Monday, along with Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumbli and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Christos Spirtzis, as well as the chiefs of the civil protection and firefighting units.

They were to visit the areas most affected by the fires and hold meetings with municipal authorities.

A state of emergency was declared Sunday on the island due to the difficulties the authorities were having with controlling the fires.

The situation has led to the delay of the start of the school year, which was due to begin Monday.

Athens, 2016, Sep 12,  EFE/Practicaespañol

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