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Greek Gheynician Anal Tradition
08-25-2007, 02:28 PM
Fucked up shit..My country is on fire..

Fires prompt Greek national alert

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44079000/jpg/_44079487_cryingman_ap203bod.jpg The fires spread rapidly, catching many people unawares

A nationwide state of emergency has been declared in Greece, amid a rising death toll from raging forest fires.
Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis said the country had to "mobilise all means and forces to face this disaster".
Officials say 46 people have died in the past two days and many others are thought to be trapped, as scores of blazes swept the Peloponnese region.
Campaigning for the country's general election has been suspended. Analysts say the vote may have to be postponed.
Arson suspected
The BBC's Malcolm Brabant, in Pyrgos, says radio stations are being inundated with calls from people in remote mountain villages saying they are surrounded by fire.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/start_quote_rb.gif We are living through an unspeakable tragedy today http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/img/v3/end_quote_rb.gif

Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis


In pictures: Forest fires (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/6963828.stm)
Witnesses tell of fire horror (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6963726.stm)

Meanwhile, many bodies had been taken to a mortuary in the city of Patras.
Our correspondent said relatives of the dead were sobbing quietly in the hospital corridors, waiting for a chance to identify their loved ones.
Some 170 fires have raged across the country. Some of the worst were concentrated along an 80km (50 mile) stretch on the west coast of the Peloponnese to Mani in the very south of the peninsula.
Officials have said they suspect some of the fires were started deliberately, and Mr Karamanlis pledged any culprits would be brought to justice.
"No-one has the right to take human lives and destroy the environment... to destroy our country."
The Greek government appealed to its EU partners for help, and so far France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands have all promised assistance.
In other developments:

Two new fires broke out near Athens, forcing a road between the city and its airport to be closed
A monastery and homes were evacuated as flames closed in on the capital
Arson was suspected in several cases, with 20 new fires starting during the night, a fire department spokesman said
All top football matches were postponed on the opening weekend of the season
At least nine people are reported to have burnt to death in their cars as they attempted to flee the flames near the town of Zaharo, in the west of the Peloponnese.
The Associated Press news agency reported that a car had crashed into a fire engine, causing a traffic jam from which people could not escape as the flames advanced.

Zaharo, 330km (206 miles) south of Athens, seemed to be the centre of the disaster. Fire crews said they had found at least 30 bodies in villages near the town, as they searched burned out cars and houses.
"It's a tragedy," an eyewitness told Greek television. "I can see the burnt bodies of a mother holding her child in her arms. Further away there are more bodies. It's terrible."
Fire officials confirmed that a mother and her four children had perished, as had three firefighters.
'Astonishing speed'
A local official close to the scene described it as horrific.
"The situation is extremely dire... The speed with which this fire has been spreading is astonishing," said the mayor of Zaharo, Pantazis Chronopoulos.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44078000/jpg/_44078758_mountains_taygetos_ap203.jpg Fires have consumed hillsides in Taygetos, in southern Greece

Six deaths were confirmed in the seaside town of Areopolis in the Mani region of Greece's deep south. Hotels and several villages have been evacuated, fire officials said.

A hot, dry summer, with temperatures recently touching 40C (104F) has left much of the country vulnerable. Friday and Saturday have been the deadliest days of a terrible summer spent battling forest fires, transforming what had previously been seen as predominantly an ecological disaster into a human one, our correspondent says. There has been widespread public anger at the government's response, which many have criticised as inadequate and slow.

08-25-2007, 02:33 PM
I bet the gyros over there are better than over here.....wow..greece on fire..bet there are alot of fresh lamb kabobs laying around...

08-25-2007, 04:38 PM
I got nothing but love for Greece, man. Really sorry to hear about this..............................

08-25-2007, 05:03 PM
the hot weather dnt help. shit happens though, there are forrest fires all over the meditarranean at the moment. most start from sabotage or a bbq gone wrong. the country jus need to be prepared for this type of shit.

08-25-2007, 05:15 PM
the hot weather dnt help. shit happens though, there are forrest fires all over the meditarranean at the moment. most start from sabotage or a bbq gone wrong. the country jus need to be prepared for this type of shit.

yeah, its f***** dry there...but mostly is the people to blame...crazy...sometimes even when a lightning strikes, that could cause fire....crazy

08-25-2007, 07:36 PM
hahahahahhahaahhaahaahahaahaahahah says me
thats for ethiopia says god

08-25-2007, 08:29 PM
Good Riddens

Greek Gheynician Anal Tradition
08-26-2007, 07:53 AM
Its organized crime..Still burnin..Fuckin drama over here....