Understaffed fire services are struggling to contain the worst spate of fires this summer which have left large tracts of scorched land and property in Limassol and Paphos.
While officials yesterday inspected damage wrought by the weekend fires, exhausted firemen were called back into action to extinguish a blaze between Eptagonia and Kellaki in Limassol.
A depleted service has had to deal with about 100 fires in the past four days alone, as early retirement has forced it to operate with 25% less staff.
“Due to a number of early retirements we have one quarter less personnel than we should. There are currently 114 positions for firefighters that need filling,” said deputy fire chief Markos Trangolas.
Strong winds have made the job more difficult, while investigations continued into what caused yesterday’s latest blaze.
And while Cyprus battles the flames, torrential rain has hit the Philippines, landslides have buried vehicles in southern China while an Idaho wildfire has already burnt 414 square kilometers and led to the evacuation of 2,300 homes.