Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the areas north of Athens that were severely damaged from the wildfire that was burning forest areas and houses for three days.
Tsipras flew by helicopter over the fire-stricken areas and met with exhausted firefighters, volunteers and others who were battling the blaze.
Addressing firefighters, Tsipras congratulated them on a “great achievement” in putting out the blaze, and expressed “the unwavering support and immense gratitude on behalf of the whole country for the hard effort firefighters and volunteers made”.
He added that the area affected was “limited”, compared to the 2009 wildfire that swept the same area in Attica.
Tsipras will later chair a meeting on wildfires with the participation of all pertinent ministers and officials, according to an official announcement on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister has been criticized for lacking leadership and compassion as he continued his holidays whilst wildfires were raging in Attica, Zakynthos, Peloponnese and elsewhere in Greece.
His government is also under fire for what the opposition calls ineffective and uncoordinated response of the state mechanism.
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