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Cyprus: aerial reinforcements to fight fires

Helicopters sent to the island by Lebanon, Greece and Jordan

Cyprus is burning. A forest fire is eating up miles of mountainous terrain. For this reason, the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism has made several aircraft available to support the fight against the flames in the north of the coastal city of Limassol. There are also two helicopters sent from Lebanon on the island, which have joined the planes of Greece and Jordan.

In action two Canadair planes sent from Greece; Jordan has made three aircraft available, including two H-215 "Super Puma" helicopters and a Russian-made Mil Mi-26; Lebanon should also soon send a couple of rotorcraft, as reported by the Cypriot foreign ministry; also arriving from Athens 20 tons of retardant liquid. The budget is 10 square kilometers of burned land. 

Cypriot Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou said hundreds of firefighters, including volunteers, managed to contain the blaze overnight as the winds had subsided significantly. The fire that broke out last Friday, after being initially contained, was reactivated powered by the wind.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency