Due to the fire, which continues to rage, a request for help was sent to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and two Canadair are already on their way from Greece, while two more are expected to arrive from Italy, the Deputy Director of Civil Defense told KYPE Limassol Olyvia Michailidou, adding that “there are still outbreaks” and we are still on alert to evacuate other areas. “
Answering a relevant question, Ms. Michailidou said that “immediately after the information we received from the Fire Service around noon about the occurrence of a large fire in Arakapas, we notified our forces in the Limassol District to strengthen the firefighting project.”
“As it turned out, the fire was out of control, so residential areas had to be evacuated immediately. So we notified forces for the evacuation of Arakapas and the surrounding villages. “Due to the seriousness of the situation, we had to announce all our forces all over Cyprus, as the outbreaks were in many different places at the same time, while at the same time we put into operation the Pancyprian Local Business Control Center”, he added.
Also, said Ms. Michailidou, “due to the fire, which continues to rage, a request for help was sent to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and already at the moment there are two Canadair from Greece on the way, while two more are expected to arrive. from Italy”.
Asked about the evacuation operation, Ms. Michailidou said that “in cooperation with the community authorities, we were informed about people who were elderly, people with mobility problems, who needed help to evacuate and in cooperation with all the services involved “Civil Defense rushed to evacuate these people and safely transport them either to their relatives or to neighboring villages.”
Ms. Michailidou said that the evacuation process is not easy at all, “but because above all we have to put human life, we call once again on the world when an evacuation instruction is given to immediately comply, to follow the instructions of those in charge because above all, human life is paramount. “
“It is certainly not easy for anyone to leave their home, to leave their property. “But in these difficult times we have to make these difficult decisions, because above all we have to protect ourselves,” he added.
Regarding the situation on the fire fronts, Ms. Michailidou said that there are still outbreaks “and we are still on alert to evacuate other areas”.