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Five ethnic Greek villages in southern Albania threatened by wildfire

Five villages inhabited by the ethnic Greek minority in southern Albania were under serious threat from wildfires burning in the Delvine region since Tuesday night and had to evacuate residents, Finiq Mayor Leonidas Christos reported on Wednesday.

Residents had to leave their homes in Dhiver, Ajios Andreas, Kulurat and Theologo, the mayor said, while reports said that some houses were ablaze. The five fire engines sent from Sarande, Gjirokastr and Igoumenitsa in Greece were unable to control the situation, which was deteriorating constantly due to the strong winds, he said.
Albanian authorities have asked Greece for help with airborne fire-fighting equipment, which has yet to arrive.