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Greek Wildfires Destroyed more than 1,000 Homes, 125 Cars, Town of Mati

July 26, 2018

ATHENS – The Greek wildfires that tore through seaside areas outside the Capital, likely set so that developers could later build on the cleared land, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, 125 cars and the entire village of Mati, where many of the 81 victims were found in the rubble and aftermath.

That came from data announced by officials and collected by engineers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport who are recording damage to buildings.

Crews dispatched in Rafina, Mati and Neos Voutzas checked 720 homes and determined that 211 were uninhabitable, along with three stores and eight warehouses. Another 234 houses are badly damaged and will need repairs and a line of burned cards were removed from Mati, where it was reported 98 percent of the homes were destroyed or damaged severely.

The mayor of Rafina and Pikermi, Vangelis Bournous, estimated that 50 percent of the town of Kokkino Limanaki has been charred..?In the western beach area of Kineta, it was estimated that 200 homes were lost and the fires reduced many homes in the resort villages of Mati, Rafina, Neos Voutzas and Kokkino Limanaki to rubble and ash. Evangelos Bournous, the mayor of Rafina, told reporters that his village “no longer exists.”

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