Developers might be behind Greek forest firesStaff Writer | July 26, 2018
Developers might be behind forest fires in Greece which have claimed dozens of lives, a former Polish ambassador has said, according to Poland's PAP news agency.
Europe Forest fires have never been as severe
The news agency cited Żółtaniecki as saying that forest fires were an annual occurrence in Greece, especially around Athens, but that they have never been as severe as in the past few days.
Żółtaniecki said that Greece's building laws mean that construction cannot take place in a forest, PAP reported.
“When there are no trees, then construction can go ahead. So if the forest burns down, the land is immediately up for grabs for developers,” PAP quoted Żółtaniecki as saying.
At least 74 people, including a Polish woman and her son, have died in the inferno or as a result of it since Monday. ■