Tsipras: Inconceivable that three months after the wildfires, Mitsotakis has not yet visited Evia

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras highlighted the government’s absence from the burned areas of Evia upon his arrival at the first stop of his tour of the island, the town of Istiea, on Friday. He expressed his concern over what he called serious delays in anti-flooding works, as well as the low level of support for fire-stricken households.

Specifically, Tsipras said it was inconceivable that three months after the disastrous wildfires, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had yet to visit the area in order to shake anyone’s hand, clap them on the back or give courage to local authorities and ordinary people but had instead simply appointed someone to take charge of the reconstruction and the long-term plans concerning processes unfolding three years from now.

He also pointed out that a second very important issue is the need to proceed swiftly with the anti-flooding works, since after the huge disaster with the fires, floods will be the next disaster to follow.

A third issue, he added, was the use of the local workforce in the restoration works, which had yet to happen.

Finally, he called on the locals to unite their forces in order for north Evia to not be forgotten as “the winter that is coming will be crucial and difficult. It will be harsh for all the country and even harsher for the residents of Evia.”