Greece is currently battling over 150 wildfires, with hundreds of firefighters and 20 water-bombing aircrafts trying to control the raging blazes across the country.
Extra firefighters and planes are being sent in from countries including France, Israel, Cyprus, Romania; while other European Union members have announced they are also offering assistance.
The fires have damaged hundreds of homes in the northern suburbs of Athens, Evia, the Peloponnese, and elsewhere and tragically two people have lost their lives. Meanwhile, major roads have shut down and train services suspended. Greek authorities issued a ban through to Monday, August 9, on access to national parks, forest areas, Natura regions, and parklands.
The country will remain in a state of emergency in the coming days due to an even higher risk of wildfires due to stronger winds.
During this extremely difficult time, any help for those most in need will go a long way.
We have put together a list of places below, for those who are able to give much-needed assistance and support to those who have been tragically affected by the wildfires.
Hellenic Red Cross
Beneficiary: HELLENIC RED CROSS
Account Number: 0026.0240.30.0201205013
For more information please call 2103609825 or visit redcross
Donate to THI’s Wildfire Relief Fund
Join The Hellenic Initiative in supporting the firefighters and vetted NGOs working around the clock to provide assistance that is both effective and responsible. 100% of the funds raised will be used for this relief effort.
For more information visit facebook.com/donate
If you are in Athens and are able to help, there are places where food and essentials for people and animals are being collected.
Gathering points in Athens:
Kolonaki: Gastounis 11, 5:30pm -8pm
Glyfada: Mikers at Geor. Gennimata 157
Kallithea: 10 Sarandaporou, until 5pm
Nea Smyrni: 4 Aidini, until 9pm
Kerameikos: Megalou Alexandrou 122, MKO “O Allos Anthropos”
Kifissia: Kifissia City Hall & Municipal Stadium “Zirini” (24 Dionysou and Myrsinis) PH: 210 801 2549
Kerameikos: 122 Megalou Alexandrou Street
For animals that are in need please contact:
Gerakas Veterinary Centre: 8 Ermou, Gerakas, PH: 211 700 5677
Ekali: Agios Modestos Animal Hospital, 35 Thiseos Avenue, PH: 210 813 4772
Exarcheia Pet Corner, Tositsa 5
Please also check out the following initiatives that have been set up via Instagram:
*We will keep updating this page with new information as it comes through.