Sunday, 23 August 2009

Attica in Flames

Attica has been burning since yesterday and here in Athens we are all glued to the TV waiting for some good news but the winds make things worse. Many people have lost their homes, others are carried to the hospital because of breathing problems and there are those who refuse to leave their area hoping that they will save their properties. It seems that the fires are caused by arsonists. This is what angers me most. I am safe at the moment although I live very near the areas where the fires broke out. The weather forecast says that the winds will calm down tomorrow. Let's hope that tomorrow will be a better day and that all the fires will be under control.

8 comments:

Katie said...

I am so so sorry to hear about this Constantinos. Glad to hear your safe. Sending all my prayers your way. take care!

Anastasia said...

I'm so glad you are safe! I also hope that this nightmare will finish soon!

Lisa A said...

I was watching the reports and images on the TV and was praying for you and your country. Thank God you are safe. I hope that all the fires are extingish now and that things will get better.

Christina P said...

It was a terrible, black weekend and a terrible disaster. I feel empty and angry because Athens has lost her lungs : the forest of Penteli. Can Athens live without her lungs?

Maria B. said...

Οι καταστροφές που γίνονται κάθε χρόνο είναι τρέλλα!!!! αυτους που τα κάνουν πρέπει να τους κρεμάσουμε !!!!!!!!

Olga said...

Συμφωνώ απόλυτα με τη Μαρία. Πού είναι οι ένοχοι; οι ανεγκέφαλοι πυρομανείς; Εδώ στη βόρεια Ελλάδα απλά συμπάσχουμε και θυμόμαστε τον Αύγουστο του 2006 όταν κάψανε τη Χαλκιδική! Ακριβώς την ίδια επόχή! Πριν 2 χρόνια κάψανε την Πελοπόννησο..ακριβώς την ίδια εποχή! Τώρα η Αττική. Σύμπτωση;

sand dune said...

How terrible it must have been, Constantinos, to experience such a disaster soon after you came back from your holiday. Fortunately, no human lives were lost. In time, Mother Nature will heal up the wounds. Wishing you a much brighter weekend.

Constantinos said...

Thank you all for stopping by. The fires have been under control since Monday and all that is left now is a desolate landscape. It's true, nature will heal up the wounds but according to experts it will take 40 years to re-create the forests. Nature will also take revenge as it seems that in the next few years weather conditions are likely to change radically in Athens and we will probably have to face floods and unusually high temperatures.