Reporter Eric Campbell follows Red Cross responders as they tend to Mati fire victims; many still live in damaged homes. The once seaside resort is scorched.
Firefighters were working elsewhere when swift winds carried the blaze through Mati. Many people could not avoid the flames; hundreds attempted escape by water. Private boats and the Coast Guard rescued 700, but many drowned or died of injuries.
The Mati community memorializes 100 fire victims at an Orthodox service. Crisis Management Expert Costas Synolakis asserts poor planning caused loss of lives; police directed cars into danger. Citizens protest forced austerity.
Giorgos Stathakis explains how forced austerity financially broke Greece; . Wages have decreased by 40% and cutbacks impact emergency services. Zoe Konstantopoulou blames the European Union's greed for lives lost in the wildfire.
Synolakis claims Greece's resources are sufficient to mitigate devastation. Illegal construction blocking escape routes is responsible for 26 deaths. Authorities now condemning unauthorized buildings previously sought to legalize them; the infrastructure minister believes disaster conditions are accumulative.
Campbell reflects on the Academy of Athens murals. Mati citizens attempt to cope with losses. A deejay describes his house as once full of dancing friends; a fireman displays the backyard shrine to his wife and infant son.
Credits: Eye of the Fire
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It’s a tale of tragedy and heroism—and mind-blowing incompetence. Eric Campbell tells the story of one of the world’s deadliest wildfires and the Greek government's failure to adequately handle it.
Length: 31 minutes
Copyright date: ©2018
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