Thursday, February 12, 2009

Greece spends millions over fire damage

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Greece has spent 600 million euros (776 million dollars) to replace homes and livestock lost in devastating forest fires nearly two years ago that killed 77 people, officials said on Wednesday. But authorities overseeing the reconstruction effort admitted that only around 11 percent of homes had been rebuilt thus far.

"Nobody can expect homes to be torn down and be rebuilt in areas that lack the necessary construction crew in two years," public works ministry general secretary Dimosthenis Katsigiannis told a news conference. A state recovery fund which has more than 205 million euros in donations has received 1,425 requests from owners of damaged and destroyed homes mainly in the Peloponnese peninsula, the island of Evia and parts of central and western Greece, fund chairman Petros Molyviatis said….

Satellite view of the recent fires in Greece

1 comment:

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