Greece’s ‘Pompeii’: 14 Horrific Pictures Of The Wildfires That Have Killed At Least 74 People and Led to State of Emergency in Athens – UPD

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The worst Greek forest fires in a decade have raged through holiday resorts near Greece’s capital, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 200. 

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A firestorm that swept through a seaside resort town near the Greek capital killed at least 70 people, including families with children found clasped in a last embrace near a beach as they tried to flee the flames, officials said.

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The two largest wildfires — one 20 miles northeast of Athens near Rafina, the other 30 miles west of the capital in Kineta — broke out Monday during hot, dry summer conditions.

The Greek brigade said the death toll has risen to 74 as of Tuesday.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a three-day national mourning period for those killed in the wildfires, Sky News reported.

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In the seaside town of Mati, rescue workers found the bodies of 26 people huddled together near a beach, Reuters reported. “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,” Nikos Economopoulos, the head of Greece’s Red Cross, told Skai TV.

Residents and tourists forced to flee into the sea

A Red Cross official said on Tuesday morning that 26 bodies had been discovered at the seaside resort of Mati, 18 miles east of Athens, adding to 24 declared dead by authorities overnight.

The Greek government has declared a state of emergency and asked the European Union for aid.

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The fires broke out on both sides of Athens, in the pine forests to the west of the city and in coastal towns to the northeast. By early evening, the skies over the Parthenon had turned orange from the smoke.

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The in Mati, which sent residents and tourists scrambling into the sea to escape the flames on Monday, was one of several that broke out in the country amid a sweltering heat wave, with authorities declaring a state of emergency in the western and eastern parts of Attica.

“Mati doesn’t even exist as a settlement anymore,” one woman told Greece’s Skai TV. “I saw corpses, burned-out cars. I feel lucky to be alive.”

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It’s not yet clear what caused the fires, but a dry winter has left much of the area vulnerable, and strong winds Monday have fanned the flames. The voluminous smoke prompted the closure of a major highway, and officials have urged immediate evacuation of affected areas.

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“People should leave, close up their homes and just leave. People cannot tolerate so much smoke for so many hours,” senior chief Achilleas Tzouvaras said, according to Reuters. “This is an extreme situation.”

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Greece's 'Pompeii': 7 Horrific Pictures Of The Wildfires That Have Killed At Least 74 People and Led to State of Emergency in Athens - UPD
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