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Greece budgets more than euro200 million for immediate fire relief

Greece budgets more than euro200 million for immediate fire relief

Greece has budgeted more than euro200 million (US$274 million) for immediate aid to families, businesses and communities ravaged by fires in the past few days, the government said Monday.
Deputy Finance Minister Petros Doukas said that more money will be needed.
"The losses relating to rehabilitation of the environment will be enormous," Doukas said in a radio interview. "As regards to these first relief measures, it will be significantly above euro200-300 million (US$274-410 million)."
A series of massive, uncontrolled forest fires have devastated large parts of Greece in the past three days, particularly in the western Peloponnese.
At least 63 people have died and dozens of villages have been destroyed.
The conservative government has in recent days announced measures to provide relief to those affected, ranging from aid to reconstruct burned homes to tax relief for businesses.
Businesses and other organizations, including the National Bank of Greece and Greece's largest labor union, have also already pledged more than euro70 million (about US$95.6 million) in aid.