Tzanakopoulos: On Monday evening there was a clash. As Mr Baltakos stated, it was impossible to identify the dead, without a special team. The chances that we could identify the dead the same night were slim. There was no deception. The government cannot speculate or hide deaths.
Tzanakopoulos: The General Secretariat for Civil Protection needs upgrading to better address risks.
Tzanakopoulos: The Prime Minister did not choose to visit Mati with escort cameras. You would have accused us of merely staging a publicity stunt. He wanted to assess the situation and speak to the people to better understand how it happened. He did not go secretly. We are ready to take criticism, but we will not have a communicative dialogue.
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Tzanakopoulos: An operational assessment of the situation will be completed with sobriety. From the very beginning the Fire Brigade had suggested the evacuation of the area. The mayor of the area is responsible. A city of 15-20,000 people could not be evacuated in an organized fashion.
Tzanakopoulos: Committees for residential distortion projects will be established. There will be further information all the proposals have been heard.
Tzanakopoulos: The prime minister returned on Monday. At that time, there was no exact number of confirmed deaths. Tsipras was constantly overseeing the coordinating work. I was officially updated at 2:30 at night that the government had confused the numbers of the dead. How can you hide dead people? The answer is political feasibility.
Tzanakopoulos: Our only concern is to have measures to support the fire victims and take measures to prevent such a tragedy in the future. It is important that we assess what happened, not resignations. The last thing we must address are serious conversations about reforms.
Tzanakopoulos: The one-off grant of 2,000 euros for pensioners will take place over the next few months. For those who are unemployed due to the fires, they will receive compensation upon submitting relevant applications to the Labor Force Employment Office. The Department of Digital Policy will pay out 1,000 euros for telecommunications. Respect and duty demand that we do not leave anyone behind and work to rebuild what has been lost.
Tzanakopoulos: Starting Tuesday, fire victims can submit applications for a 5,000 euro grant.
Minister of Defense: “Of the 11 people hospitalized in army hospitals, 2 are members of the Fire Brigade.”
Minister of Defense: “Four aerial surveillance devices were used over the weekend. The light means of surveillance provided by Army staff and unmanned airforce and army vessels were activated all over Greece for continued surveillance. At the same time, fuel is being provided to airfields so that planes can take part in scheduled patrols. We are letting the Ministries, if necessary beyond four, create Government Service Centers on Hellenic Armed Forces land to make it easier for citizens who want to settle compensation issues.
7/30/2018 03:35 Army Squadrons Patrol the Affected Areas
Panos Kammenos stated that “there are 25 Hellenic Army General Staff patrol squads in the affected areas, while coordination centers are still up and running.”
7/30/2018 03:34 Minister of Defense: Update on Action That Will Be Taken After the Fires
Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, announced that “satellite maps are being processed by the computer processing services of the Hellenic Army General Staff as well as our own methods to investigate and deal with the situation at hand. Food and housing is available to fire victims and loggers who work for the Ministry of the Environment. Another 52 apartments in Zoumberi and 50 in Agios Andreas are also available.”