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Fires under control but still danger!

Just got back from the Fire Department! It’s like a bee hive there with our men coming and going, loading up their fire trucks and setting off back up to the mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good news is that the fires are now UNDER CONTROL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, we are still not out of danger. Planes are still making rounds with water, bombing the areas. There are about 15 fronts in the two areas of Agala and Keri. Some are still burning whilst others have been put out completely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking to one of our local firemen, who had not left the station since yesterday, he explained thatit will take quite a few days to make sure the fires won’t cause any more problems. The fire have burnt quite a large area and we need to keep on top of that so there’s no reigniting”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst at the station there were quite a few Zakynthos Informer members who arrived with food, water and coffee. Thomas Cook staff had read our notice and turned up with a van load of stuff. An English couple who live permanently on the Island also turned up in their van and started unloading their gifts.  Even when I pulled up at the station there was an expat unloading his car! Last night with in the hour of our notice going up the Sentido Alexander Beach Hotel sent food and water. We’ve even had telephone calls and messages from our members overseas asking what they can do. It is definitely overwhelming.

 So many people coming together it’s amazing! I was at the supermarket buying our men some croissants and packets of coffee and as I was standing at the till a volunteer, Katerina offered to pay for all the items. It’s this type of community spirit that makes you feel that, although through thedevastation, there’s hope!

 As the next few days are going to be difficult for our firemen let’s show our support, they deserve every bit of it!!  You may not have had time to stop in and say hi to our men. However, over the next 15 days or so they will still need our support.

 

Zakynthos Informer would like to thank all our members for their compassion and support towards our Fire Department once again. Go Volunteers.

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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12 comments

  1. You must be so proud of all the volunteers and the firefighters. They are incredible group of people 👍👍

  2. TUI has send a message to all 450 of their guests asking to bring food and water too. Thank you for the good work!!!!

  3. Keep up the good work fire fighters. Im thinking of you all. Stay safe.

  4. Hi my parents live in Keri near to Revera Villas, is it save to come back home now?

    • Yes. Residents started to return to their houses on Monday. The evacuation was for precautionary reasons only, due to the very strong winds that may have caused a change in direction of the fire. We must stress that NO LIVES were lost!!! NO tourist resorts we affected.

  5. Hello. We are leaving this week to limni keri. Could you please inform us about the situation there? Are there still fires?

    • The fires are out and it was mainly the forest area that was affected. It should all be back to normal by the time you arrive.

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