Last of major wildfires in Greece under control

The last spate of major wildfires in southern Greece, mostly centered in Arcadia prefecture of the Peloponnese, appeared to be under control or completely extinguished by Sunday morning, the fire brigade announced.

Last of major wildfires in Greece under control
The last spate of major wildfires in southern Greece, mostly centered in Arcadia prefecture of the Peloponnese, appeared to be under control or completely extinguished by Sunday morning, the fire brigade announced.

Fire brigade officials announced that no less than 36 separate wildfires were reported in the previous 24 hours, with only one blaze, on the Ionian island of Cephallonia, qualifying as a concern.

The devastating wildfire fronts near the Karytaina, Mt. Parnonas and the Megalopoli districts of the southern Peloponnese were out, officials said on Sunday.

The official death toll rose to at least 64 on Sunday following the death of an Evia man, who had been hospitalized since last week with burns from a wildfire in the region.

Meteorologists were hopeful that rain showers in northern Greece would move south overnight, ending any chance of charred areas reigniting.

Wildfires broke out in Greece on Aug. 24, and have killed 64 people and leaving hundreds homeless since.

Agencies
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