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Association created after october fires offers clothing to Greece

A movement created after the fires of October 2017 in central Portugal made available clothing and other aid to Greece on Wednesday, following the fires that have hit that country since Monday.

In a press release released on Wednesday, the Associative Support Movement for Midwest Fire Victims (MAAVIM) addresses condolences to the families of the victims and hopes temperatures to ease, so that Greece can recover quickly.

“As an association that helped with catastrophes last year in Portugal, we made it available for your needs. We have ready-to-send clothes, if necessary and we can carry out campaigns.”

Monday’s fires in Greece, near Athens, killed at least 79 people and nearly two hundred wounded, some critically.

More than 1,500 homes have been affected and more than 300 vehicles have been completely destroyed by the flames, especially in Mati, one of the outlying districts north of Rafina, where many of the capital’s inhabitants live second home and spend a summer vacation.

The government of Alexis Tsipras appealed for international help late monday, with some countries already responding with support. Portugal will send 50 elements of the Special Fire Brigade (FEB) to help fight the fires in Greece, the minister of Internal Affairs announced tuesday.

October fires in the Central region in 2017 have caused at least 50 deaths and dozens of injuries, as well as incalculable destruction in forests, agriculture, businesses and homes.

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