- At least 74 people have died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece’s worst fire disaster in more than a decade. Among the dead are tourists as well, international media report.
- Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Wednesday that there is no information so far pointing that Romanian citizens would be among the victims of the wildfires, adding that MAE is permanently in contact with the Greek authorities.
Flames fanned by strong winds devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars. Rescuers found the bodies of 26 adults and children who had apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped by the inferno just metres from the sea, bbc.co.uk reports.
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has issued a travel warning for Greece. MAE underlines that the weather forecast says the weather will worsen during July 24-26, with strong storms along will hail and drop in temperature.
The regions of Epirus, the islands in the Ionic Gulf, western Greece, Thessaly, the Sporades Islands and the islands in the Aegean Sea, eastern Macedonia, Thrace and central Macedonia (mainly Khalkidhiki) will be affected, MAE informs.
“The Romanian citizens can request consular assistance at the Romanian Embassy in Athens: +302106728879 si +302106728875, the calls being redirected to the Contact Centre for Support of Romanian Citizens Abroad and taken over by the non-stop Call Centre operators,” MAE further informs.
The contact with the embassy is: +306978996222.
International media report that Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has returned urgently from a visit in Bosnia Herzegovina and issued a decree for three days of national mourning.
Romanian Defence Ministry sends two aircraft and 20 military in Greece
A C-27 J Spartan aircraft and a C-130 Hercules aircraft, as well as 20 military, members of the crews and auxiliary staff has taken off to Greece today at 10:00 from the Otopeni Air Base 90, Ministry of Defence announced.
The C-27 J Spartan, which is designed as a fire-fighting aircraft, and C-130 Hercules sent for logistics support, are made available by the Romanian Ministry of Defence, within the EU civil protection mechanism that coordinates the response to natural disasters and man-made disasters in the European Union.