89 new fires in Greece, death toll at 61

Greek fire officials said 89 new suspicious wildfires had been reported in the country Monday morning as the death toll from four days of burning rose to 61.

89 new fires in Greece, death toll at 61
Greek fire officials said 89 new suspicious wildfires had been reported in the country Monday morning as the death toll from four days of burning rose to 61.

Many of the fires were extinguished quickly, although troublesome fires were burning in central and southern Evia, a large island near central Greece's eastern coast, Kathimerini reported. Fires were also reported on islands in the Ionian Sea and central Greece, the report said.

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis declared a national state of emergency, saying he felt "pain" and "outrage" over the death and destruction.

"So many fires, at the same time, in so many parts of the country, cannot be a coincidence," he said. "The state, with the help of all, shall do what is necessary so as to find the guilty individuals and punish them."

A fire brigade spokesman told reporters seven people were being held on suspicion of arson, the Athens News Agency reported.

There has been widespread speculation the spate fires of fires that started Thursday were designed to disrupt coming elections.

UPI
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 15:10
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