Greece: Fire brigade brings forest fire in Cyprus under control

The fire in the south of the Mediterranean island is now “completely under control,” said the forest authority on Monday. Around the village of Arakapas, however, many firefighters are still on duty to extinguish possible new sources of fire. Airplanes from Israel, Greece and Great Britain also helped fight the fire.

Fanned by wind and intense heat, the fire spread on Saturday in the Troodos Mountains north of the port city of Limassol. It destroyed 50 houses and 55 square kilometers of land, including olive groves with ancient trees. Ten villages were evacuated. Four people, workers from Egypt, perished while fleeing the village of Odos.