The government has activated the ‘Hfaistos’ contingency plan given the critical situation with the Limassol and Larnaca district fires, said spokesman Marios Pelekanos.
The priority is to secure all lives, said President Anastasiades in a tweet on a massive blaze that has spread from Arakapas in the Limassol district to Ayioi Vavatsinia in Larnaca, where it still burning, destroying dozens of homes, (mostly in Arakapas-15 to17 estimated) cars and a large area of shrubbery, olive trees and forest.
Among the buildings destroyed was the Eptagonia regional fire service station.
Many homes burnt in Arakapas, while there was also damage to Eptagonia and Ora and less so in Melini. There were no reports of locals being in danger.
The extent of the damage will be established at first light tomorrow.
At least ten communities had been evacuated.
The immediate and urgent need is to…