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PM Mitsotakis Arrives at Ancient Olympia

ATHENS — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday arrived at the fire-stricken areas of the Ilia region. Immediately after the helicopter landed at the stadium of Makrisia, Mitsotakis went to the coordination centre that has been set up for the control and the strategic planning of the operation to contain the wildfire in the area of Ancient Olympia.

After being briefed by Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis and the head of the Fire Brigade, Mitsotakis went to the Museum and the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia.

Mitsotakis inspected the fire stricken areas of Ilia and the local officials presented the operation of the automatic fire extinguishing system, while he was briefed in detail on the developments in active firefronts.

"The prevention worked and there was, at least, no fire here," said Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.

Mitsotakis underlined the need for action to ensure the best possible protection and for immediate inspections to check for possible soil erosion and the prevention of other disasters.

Speaking to the prime minister, local officials underlined the need for immediate action to better protect these areas and the efficiency of fire extinguishing efforts, when necessary, as well as the prevention of floods where there is soil erosion.

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