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Hardalias Holds Urgent Briefing on the Wildfires, Damage in Varybobi

ATHENS — A total of 76 homes were seriously damaged by the fire in Varybobi, Attica while 41 new fires have started throughout Greece since Tuesday night, Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias said during an urgent briefing on the various wildfires burning throughout the country held at 13:00 at the Civil Protection building "Faros".

Regarding the situation in Varybobi, he said that this was significantly improved but the effort is continuing and fire fighting forces are continuing to operate in the area.

He said the situation in the specific area will be contained within the day and that there was no longer a single main front but scattered fires that had rekindled but did not pose a serious problem.

Giving an initial estimate of the damage, Hardalias said that 1250 hectares have been burnt, 76 houses and 27 businesses have sustained serious damage, while 18 houses were partially damaged.

"Our first priority is human life. Human life is over and above anything else," Hardalias said.

Meanwhile, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisohoidis flew over the burned areas on the foothills of Mount Parnitha in a fire brigade helicopter.

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