Greek wildfires: Drivers ‘sent into path of blaze by police’

by on 2 August 2018

More than a week after the deaths of at least 91 people in wildfires on the Greek coast, a catalogue of errors by local authorities has emerged.

Police set up diversions for drivers that sent them into the path of the fire, according to one senior expert.

A separate study has found that no alarm was raised and residents and tourists had no chance to flee.

The authorities’ handling of the fire has already been widely criticised by residents caught up in the disaster.

The Greek government blamed arsonists for causing the fire and has accused some residents of obstructing escape routes in the town of Mati by building illegally.

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