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Originally posted by SphinxMontreal
Greece is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet, inhabited by a bunch of hypocritical backstabbing donkeys.
Originally posted by BazzeMan
Just got off the phone with Greece and it seems that the prime-minister vowed that not one square inch of the affected land will be sold or commercially developed.
what to think of this?
ATHENS: Greece has requested assistance from Italy and France to combat a forest wildfire raging out of control on the outskirts of Athens for a second straight day, the fire department said on Sunday.
"Two fire-fighting aircraft from Italy and one from France will be coming today," a fire department spokeswoman told AFP.
Nearly 400 firefighters struggled on Sunday to contain the wildfire that is feared to have damaged or destroyed scores of rural and summer homes on the eastern outskirts of the Greek capital and further north after surging across a 30-kilometre (18-mile) front on Saturday.
Moscow / 24/08/09 / 10:50
Russia is sending additional firefighting aircraft to help Greece combat the raging wildfires, Emergencies Ministry said on Monday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the country’s Emergency Situations Ministry to send its Illyushin Il-76 and Be-200 airplanes to help fight the wildfires raging in Greece.
Earlier, two giant fire-fighter planes and three helicopters were sent following an appeal made by Greek prime minister.
Russia has already sent one helicopter Mi-26 packed with special fire-fighting equipment. Il-76 is can deliver up to 42 tons of water per drop. /end/
The efforts of thousands of Greek firefighters and soldiers combined with firefighting planes dispatched by Italy and France made progress against the worst wildfires around Athens in two years, creating optimism in Greece that the Athens suburbs are safe.
But the electoral chances of Greece’s conservative government, expected to face a new election next March, could suffer. In an election shortly after Greece’s 2007 fires, the conservatives’ majority in parliament was eroded, in part because of public anger at the handling of that crisis.
In the two years since, Greece has not added to its fleet of 21 fire-fighting planes. As the fires gathered steam over the weekend, some mayors were reduced to calling TV stations and appealing for firefighting help, exposing a slow, poorly coordinated firefighting response from the government that echoed 2007.
Reuters reports that morning winds on Monday had stoked the blazes that have been raging in Attica – the region that includes Athens’ 4 million residents – for days, until Greek firefighting planes were joined by foreign forces, repeatedly dive-bombing the fronts with fire retardants.