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Greece wildfires: Search maintains after at least 74 killed

Greece wildfires: Search maintains after at least 74 killed
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Symbol copyright EPA Symbol caption Rescuers proceed their search of the area

Household of those mentioned missing were posting pictures on a website within the wish of tracing their whereabouts.

High Minister Tsipras has declared a state of emergency in Attica, announcing all emergency products and services had been mobilised.

Italy, Germany, Poland and France have all despatched lend a hand within the type of planes, automobiles and firefighters, whilst Spain and Cyprus have also introduced assistance.

‘Biblical disaster’

The seaside resort of Mati, in Attica, is well-liked by local tourists, especially pensioners and kids attending holiday camps.

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Survivor Kostas Laganos stated: “It burned our backs and we dived into the water… I said: ‘My God, we will have to run to save lots of ourselves.'”

George Vokas, whose family also escaped by sea, instructed BBC News that two ladies he had attempted to help had died.

“We’re talking about a biblical catastrophe in this wonderful space of Mati,” he said.

Charred bodies lay simply 15m (50ft) from the sea, photographer Pantelis Saitas instructed the Athens-Macedonian Information Agency.

A Minimum Of A HUNDRED AND FIFTY folks were injured in the area.

What brought about the fires?

Fires are a ordinary drawback throughout the sizzling, dry summer time months in Attica.

Officials have urged the current blazes might have been started by arsonists looking to loot abandoned houses.

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“Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on 3 other fronts in Athens,” stated executive spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

Greece, he added, had asked drones from the us to “hit upon any suspicious task”.

Greece’s remaining prime fire disaster was once in 2007, whilst dozens of people were killed within the southern Peloponnese peninsula.

Image copyright Kalogerikos Nikos Symbol caption Folks try to break out the wildfires close to the beach village of Mati Symbol copyright EPA Symbol caption Smoke over a suburb of Athens