What is happening in eastern Attica is a black hell. Have you heard about the tragedy of the wildfire spreading in Athens, Greece? If not, carry not reading.
Firstly, wildfire is basically a large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush. However, this fire season has become is the deadliest in decades.
Fire swept through the village 40km (25 miles) north-east of Athens on Monday and was still burning in some areas on Tuesday.
Fires are a recurring problem during the hot, dry summer months in Attica.
Officials quoted by AFP news agency have suggested the current blazes may have been started by arsonists looking to loot abandoned homes.
“Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens,” said government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.
As wind-fueled wildfires that killed at least 79 people in vacation areas outside Athens bore down on their seaside resort, 26 men, women and children gathered in the hope that they could find the narrow path leading to a small staircase down to the water.
The gated entrance stood only a dozen paces away, but with smoke blotting their vision and choking their lungs, they appear to have lost their way. Officials found their bodies the next day, Tuesday; several were still clinging to one another.
Greek authorities are looking for dozens of people missing after the deadly and catastrophic wildfires near Athens. After At least 79 people have died, and a search continues for survivors who fled the blaze, including those who took to the sea. More than 170 others have been hospitalized with burns and other injuries.
Furthermore, the blaze struck like a flamethrower, causing both smoke inhalation and skin burns. Coastal patrol boats and private vessels picked up hundreds of those who did manage to reach harbours or beaches.
Flames fanned by strong winds devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars. The coastguard said it and other ships rescued almost 700 people who had fled to the coast, and pulled 19 survivors and four bodies from the sea.
Desperate families in need were trying their hardest to reach the safety of the sea were trapped by walls of smoke and flame. They just couldn’t make it. Others died in buildings or cars.
The blaze has created such thick smoke that the main highways between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland have been shut down and an orange haze has descended on Athens.
The first fire broke out in a pine forest near the seaside settlement of Kineta 50km west of Athens between the capital and Corinth. At least 150 firefighters were on the scene while five water-dropping planes and seven helicopters helped to fight the blaze from the air.
According to BBC.UK, after the 26 bodies were found in an open space, Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, said: “They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced.”
Mati is located in the Rafina region which is popular with local tourists, especially pensioners and children attending holiday camps. Rescuers there found the bodies of 26 adults and children, who had apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped just metres from the sea. It is devastating and heartbreaking how these people couldn’t make it.
High winds spread the fire, trapping many in homes and vehicles and forcing others into the water as they tried to escape the flames.
One of the survivors claimed that the village has disappeared which more than 1,000 buildings had been destroyed or damaged!
Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blazes and the authorities are seeking international assistance. A fire brigade official confirmed the latest death toll.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of national mourning.
Prime Minister Tsipras has declared a state of emergency in Attica, saying all emergency services had been mobilised.
According to the BBC.UK, a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Georgia Trismpioti, told the BBC some people had lost everything, “The death toll rises every hour, many people lost their loved ones, many people lost their houses, lost everything, and they will need long-term support in order to recover.”
We, the What’s Up Cairo Team, wish all those survivors a speedy recovery and all those families mourning for losing their beloved ones to stay strong and we’re all here for you!
Dubai Ranked as the Busiest Airport in December by Official Airline Guide
As the holiday season pops up and December comes through Dubai is one of the best destinations for all. Dubai international airport had been the destination for 3.5 million seats last December as the official airline guide reported on Thursday. DXB had been in operation with all of its facilities and lounges, restaurants, and retail outlets. An operating phase of 15% increase last month. According to data that’s the busiest global airport this month. The busiest international airport is based upon scheduled capacity and compared to 2019 PR pandemic. The travel destination is set to be one of the most loved cities in the world, loved by the people across the globe. Dubai a urban dream is set to be a destination for people across the globe, obviously after travel restrictions released all globetrotters are around the mecca of travel and adventure. Traveling to Dubai is seen as a dream come true with trillions of tourists every day, and expats.
Majid Al Futtaim Death
The visionary UAE business man, Majid Al Futtaim died in December 17. Founding his empire group Al Futtaim, in 1992, and operating across 13 countries, in the MENA region, with three main subsidiaries, retail, ventures, and properties. After a Tweet from the company and his fellow employees about his death, Mr. Majid Al Futtaim passing and condolences was shared amongst all people. As Alian Bejjani the ceo of the group paid tribute to the late businessman. In a statement by Al Maktoum, “Mr. Majid was a visionary entrepreneur and a truly exceptional man who transformed the retailing experience both here in the UAE and more widely across the region,” he posted on Twitter. “His extraordinary foresight and clarity of purpose not only set our company on the path to success, but greatly contributed towards the UAE’s global reputation for innovation and excellence.” As his company tweeted, Majid Al Futtaim was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the face of business in the entire region and his lifetime achievements have been an inspiration for many, “Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Majid’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”, as his death remarked the legacy of the empire he had built. Initiating from the UAE his career had brought the skyscrapers of the city.
Nasa Discovers the Corona of the Sun
Nasa enters the solar atmosphere for the first time in human history. A spacecraft had touched the sun, Nasa’s parker solar probe had touched the suns upper atmosphere. The new milestone, marks a major step for the parker solar probe and one giant leap for solar science. Similarly, as landing on the moon had boosted humanity with knowledge and know how it was formed. The discovery of our solar systems star had allowed us to know about the solar system, and the formation of it. All of this had provided us with information about our solar system. As the solar probe is circulating closer to the Solar star new discoveries are made, such as the flow of particles from the sun that can influence the planet earth. In 2019, parker discovered, that magnetic zigzag structures in the solar wind called switchbacks are plentiful close to the sun, but how and where they are formed are unknown. The distance to the sun and the Parker Solar Probe, has now passed close to identify where they originate the Solar surface of the Sun. In the daring milestone mission, Nasa had spent a few hours at the Sun’s corona due to the intense conditions their. But it did manage to go as 15 as low as 15 solar radii from the sun’s surface. In that zone a pseudostreamer was found which is responsible for the huge structures observed in the solar eclipses. According to a statement by the National American Space Agency “Passing through the pseudostreamer was like flying into the eye of a storm,” NASA said in the same statement, noting that Parker saw changes such as quieter conditions and fewer particles.”, in addition scientists had discovered magnetic funnels coming from the photosphere called super granules. These where advantgous to understand the fundamentals of solar physics because they illustrate how the fast particles of the solar wind originate. Located at the base of the corona “The structure of the regions with switchbacks matches up with a small magnetic funnel structure at the base of the corona”, a statement by Stuart Bale a Professor at UC Berkely and lead author at Switch backs paper, stated in a Nasa statement.