Volunteer Commissioner’s Office coordinates efforts for aid to Greece

Efforts to collect aid for Greece, where wildfires have claimed the lives of at least 76 people, are being coordinated by the Office of the Volunteer Commissioner.

People who wish to assist are kindly asked to gather food, medicine and other essentials at specific spots, from where , in cooperation with the Greek authorities, the relief aid will be sent to Greece and delivered to those in need.

The Office of the Commissioner announced on Tuesday that the Cyprus Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry are in close coordination and cooperation with the Greek authorities.

According to Cyprus’ Ambassador in Athens, Kyriakos Kenevezos, there are no Cypriots among the dead or the injured. He said however that Cypriots, mainly elderly people in the area of Mati, have been in touch with the embassy asking for help.

Citizens can send money to a bank account given by the Greek Municipality of Pikermi-Rafina, affected the most by the devastating wildfires. The list of needs includes food that can be preserved outside the fridge, long life milk, linen and blankets, clothes and shoes, canned food, diapers and medical aid such as Fucidin cream, Bedadine and gauze.

Cyprus has already sent a group of firefighters from the Fire Department and the Forest Department as well as officers from the Civil Defense Department and the Ambulance Service.

The government, political parties, organised groups, municipalities and local communities have all expressed deep sympathy with the people of Greece, sent their sincere condolences to the bereaved and said they would contribute to the effort to help those affected by the devastating fires.

The authorities have expressed readiness to send additional assistance if needed. Aid has arrived from other countries as well and EU Commissioner Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has rushed to Athens to oversee the efforts of the Greek authorities.

The fires have killed at least 76 people and injured more than 190, officials announced. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of national mourning for the dead. The number of victims is set to increase. There was no definitive count of the missing.

Source: Cyprus News Agency