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Greek Scientific Team Says Fires Damage Will Bring Floods, Landslides

September 2, 2021

Greece's wildfires, including on the second-largest island Evia, 69 miles north of Athens and encompassing 1,422-square miles, will likely lead to flooding because of erosion, and landslides.

That was the finding of a team of 46 scientists that warned of the aftermath on the island as well as around Athens, the prefecture of Attica and on the Peloponnese, hit with hundreds of fires this summer.

The scientists, from the University of Athens and Harokopio University, said that the northern part of Evia, the Kifissos River basin and the Varybobi area in Attica will have an increased risk, said Kathimerini.

“The fires are expected to affect the hydro-geomorphological processes in the burned areas to a different degree, depending on local conditions and the intensity of the event,” the team report said, noting, “An increase in erosion and transport rates of sediments should be expected.”

The report said that this “will lead to an increase in the frequency of floods, material transport and landslides, for a period that cannot be clearly estimated but ranges from two to 15 years.”

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