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Tragic Wildfire In Greece: In Search Of Missing Families After 79 People Confirmed Dead

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What is happening in eastern Attica is a black hell. Have you heard about the tragedy of the wildfire spreading in Athens, Greece? If not, carry not reading.

Firstly, wildfire is basically a large, destructive fire that spreads quickly over woodland or brush. However, this fire season has become is the deadliest in decades.

Fire swept through the village 40km (25 miles) north-east of Athens on Monday and was still burning in some areas on Tuesday.

Fires are a recurring problem during the hot, dry summer months in Attica.

Officials quoted by AFP news agency have suggested the current blazes may have been started by arsonists looking to loot abandoned homes.

“Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens,” said government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

As wind-fueled wildfires that killed at least 79 people in vacation areas outside Athens bore down on their seaside resort, 26 men, women and children gathered in the hope that they could find the narrow path leading to a small staircase down to the water.

The gated entrance stood only a dozen paces away, but with smoke blotting their vision and choking their lungs, they appear to have lost their way. Officials found their bodies the next day, Tuesday; several were still clinging to one another.

Greek authorities are looking for dozens of people missing after the deadly and catastrophic wildfires near Athens. After At least 79 people have died, and a search continues for survivors who fled the blaze, including those who took to the sea. More than 170 others have been hospitalized with burns and other injuries.

Furthermore, the blaze struck like a flamethrower, causing both smoke inhalation and skin burns. Coastal patrol boats and private vessels picked up hundreds of those who did manage to reach harbours or beaches.

Flames fanned by strong winds devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars. The coastguard said it and other ships rescued almost 700 people who had fled to the coast, and pulled 19 survivors and four bodies from the sea.

Desperate families in need were trying their hardest to reach the safety of the sea were trapped by walls of smoke and flame. They just couldn’t make it. Others died in buildings or cars.

The blaze has created such thick smoke that the main highways between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland have been shut down and an orange haze has descended on Athens.

The first fire broke out in a pine forest near the seaside settlement of Kineta 50km west of Athens between the capital and Corinth. At least 150 firefighters were on the scene while five water-dropping planes and seven helicopters helped to fight the blaze from the air.

According to BBC.UK, after the 26 bodies were found in an open space, Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, said: “They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time. Instinctively, seeing the end nearing, they embraced.”

Mati is located in the Rafina region which is popular with local tourists, especially pensioners and children attending holiday camps. Rescuers there found the bodies of 26 adults and children, who had apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped just metres from the sea. It is devastating and heartbreaking how these people couldn’t make it.

High winds spread the fire, trapping many in homes and vehicles and forcing others into the water as they tried to escape the flames.

One of the survivors claimed that the village has disappeared which more than 1,000 buildings had been destroyed or damaged!

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blazes and the authorities are seeking international assistance. A fire brigade official confirmed the latest death toll.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three days of national mourning.

Prime Minister Tsipras has declared a state of emergency in Attica, saying all emergency services had been mobilised.

According to the BBC.UK, a spokesperson for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Georgia Trismpioti, told the BBC some people had lost everything, “The death toll rises every hour, many people lost their loved ones, many people lost their houses, lost everything, and they will need long-term support in order to recover.”

We, the What’s Up Cairo Team, wish all those survivors a speedy recovery and all those families mourning for losing their beloved ones to stay strong and we’re all here for you!

Nadia Haitham, who is a sixteen year old teenager, fantasizes and creates images in people’s minds using written words. She has always admired the idea of writing ever since she was a little girl with piggy tails and somehow, she’s chasing her dream! Nadia is currently an IGCSE student in The Continental School Of Cairo and she’s in the eleventh grade. They say Nadia is too young but she asks repeatedly, “if I don’t start now, then when?!” She blows her candles on the fifteenth of July, her zodiac sign is Cancer and she’s Egyptian. In 2015, she has written her first completed book that’s called, “Love Of A Teenage Girl” which is published on a writing website called, Wattpad. She has won several awards for the book which she’s planning to publish in the future. Nadia has also written a few other books and created quotes of her own but she hasn’t completed them yet but she’s planning to. She’s into music and learning something new every single day using the help of the social media world. She believes that writing is an underestimated art, it’s exactly like painting colorful images in people’s minds by using words of black and white.

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Egypt mitigates, adapts to effects of climate change via 324 bn national projects: Minister

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CAIRO – 8 June 2022: Egypt has success story to share with the world during its presidency of the upcoming COP27 climate conference, stated Egyptian Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad.

She referred to Egypt’s national projects in the fields of mitigation and adaptation with climate change, saying that the cost of mitigation programs in Egypt reaches 211 billion dollars, and the cost of adaptation programs is about 113 billion dollars, with a total of 324 billion dollar.

Minister Yasmine Fouad further explained that the list of mitigation projects includes the establishment of the Benban Solar Energy Complex; the largest complex for generating clean electricity in the Middle East, in addition to energy efficiency projects, wind energy projects, and sustainable transportation such as the Monorail project and the expanded metro network.

She also highlighted other projects aiming to convert waste into energy, and helps in integrated waste management, such as biogas projects, sanitary landfills and recycling plants.

“As for the adaptation projects, they include water rationalization, canal lining projects, sea water desalination, sewage plants, and Haya Karima initiative as an integrated model for mitigation and adaptation projects to the effects of climate change,” she added.

This also includes the implementation of natural gas delivery projects, waste management, lining canals projects and Sewage treatment plants and afforestation.

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Allianz Egypt launches the first round of Allianz Athlete Experience for Egyptian Tennis Enthusiasts to support Mayar Sherif

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Cairo – May 2022: Being the exclusive official insurance sponsor of tennis champion, Mayar Sherif, the first Egyptian female tennis player to feature in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, Allianz Egypt launches the first round of one-of-a-kind initiative “Allianz Athlete Experience” for Egyptian tennis enthusiasts. The winners will enjoy an exclusive experience with Allianz Egypt brand ambassador and Tennis superstar Mayar in one of the sport’s most important tournaments at Roland Garros in Paris this May.
At a special ceremony held at Allianz Egypt Headquarters, Allianz Egypt announced the winners in the presence of Allianz Egypt Chairman and Board of Management, the President of the Egyptian Tennis Federation, and the winners of the competition, in addition to Allianz Egypt sports partners and ambassadors from the Olympic and Paralympic Champions.
“Over the years, Allianz Egypt, being the official insurance partner of the Olympics and Paralympics Movement, has ventured to be a strong contributor to the local sports ecosystem through supporting, encouraging and empowering national athletes and champions,” Ayman Hegazy, Chairman and CEO of Allianz Companies in Egypt, said.
Hegazy added, “We are extremely proud of our Golden girl and our Brand Ambassador Mayar Sherif for being the first Egyptian Female at Roland Garros. And we are diligent to continue providing all possible support and empowerment to her and all our champions.”


“I am honored to have Allianz Egypt – one of the distinguished sports promoters in the world- supporting me throughout my journey in raising Egypt’s name in major championships worldwide. This competition truly reflects the immense support and motivation I have been receiving from Allianz since day one and from my distinguished and strong Egyptian fan base that I sincerely and proudly consider a success.” Mayar Sherif said commenting on the initiative.
It is worth noting that Allianz Egypt intends to repeat this initiative for its ambassadors in different sports. This comes as a continuation of the company’s efforts to support the Egyptian sports ecosystem, with a special focus on tennis.
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About Allianz Egypt:
Allianz is a Multinational German insurer operating since 1890. Allianz in Egypt was founded in 1976, under the name of “Arab International Insurance Company”. It was fully acquired in 2004 by Allianz under its current brand names; “Allianz Life Assurance Company – Egypt” and “Allianz Insurance Company – Egypt”, providing comprehensive and integrated insurance services, such as life insurance, medical insurance, property insurance to business partners and individuals. The company has 14 branches and has accomplished strategic partnerships with major banks operating in Egypt.

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Cairo Festival City Hosts “Wings for Life” Marathon for the First Time in Egypt

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In Cooperation with Red Bull, Ignite Egypt & Allianz Egypt with the Aim to Raise Donations for Spinal Cord
Cairo Festival City Hosts “Wings for Life” Marathon for the First Time in Egypt

Cairo – May 8, 2022: Cairo Festival City (CFC), an affiliate of Egypt’s leading real estate developer Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE), hosted the “Wings for Life” marathon, which is taking place for the first time in Egypt. Taking place in cooperation with Red Bull, Ignite Egypt and Allianz Egypt, the event aims to support research to find a cure for spinal cord injury, one of the world’s most severe injuries and the most expensive to cure.

“Wings for Life” world run is a global running movement that was inaugurated in 2014 by the Wings for Life not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Supported by Red Bull, the marathon annually takes place all over the world simultaneously during the first week of May, with the participation of professional athletes, runners, and wheelchair participants from across the world. The global movement aims to collect funds to support cutting-edge research to find a cure for spinal cord injury and raise awareness about the risks of spinal cord injury.

Cairo Festival City is committed to host several events and marathons to raise awareness on different diseases and collect funds to support finding a cure for them. These events include the “Run for a Heart” marathon that aimed to raise funds for child’s heart diseases, and “Run for a Cure” marathon that aimed to raise awareness among women about early detection of cancer and supported efforts toward treatment.

About Cairo Festival City
Cairo Festival City’s lifestyle and amenities truly captivate the world’s attention, while setting a higher benchmark for integrated mixed-use community living, with many choices at hand. Setting the best example of a self-sustaining eco-friendly “City within a City”, CFC offers remarkable experiences for every resident, tenant and visitor with its avant-garde villas, lavishing apartments, high-end administrative offices, elite shopping mall, world-class hotels, international school, sports hub, state-of-the-art service centers, and sophisticated automotive park.

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