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Greece mourns as death toll from wildfires reaches 81

28 July 2018

Working through the night, coastguard vessels and other boats rescued nearly 700 people who had managed to get to the shoreline and pulled another 19 survivors and six dead bodies from the sea, the coastguard said.

Many people fled to the sea to try to escape the flames as they tore through towns near Athens, stoked by high winds, reducing pine forests to ash and devouring hundreds of buildings.

The two had been on holiday Mati, according to Janusz Smigielski, deputy head of the Poznan-based Grecos office. We feel enormous sympathy for the victims, their families and those who do not yet know the fate of their loved ones.

Meanwhile other bodies were recovered from the sea.

Outside the coroner's service in Athens, the mood was grim as people arrived to help identify their relatives and provide evidence.

Of the injured adults, 71 remain in hospital on Tuesday afternoon, with 10 of them in serious condition, while 11 of the children also remain in hospital.

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"We fell into the sea and tried to distance ourselves, to get away from the carbon dioxide".

Evangelos Bournous, mayor of the Rafina-Pikermi area, said he saw "at least 100 homes in flames", adding: "I saw it with my eyes - it is a real total catastrophe".

Another, who only just managed to escape with his young baby as the flames engulfed the first floor of his home, said: "Suddenly I started hearing explosions".

Searchers went house-to-house on Wednesday looking for more casualties in the aftermath of Monday's deadly wildfires near Athens.

"We left at the last minute".

"Residents and visitors in the area did not escape in time even though they were a few metres from the sea or in their homes", said fire brigade spokesman Stavroula Maliri.

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Rafina's dock became a makeshift hospital overnight as paramedics examined survivors, some wearing only their bathing suits, after being dropped off by rescue boats.

At least 47 fires broke out across Greece on Monday and Tuesday, the Fire Service said. Ten were still burning late on Tuesday morning, including blazes in Corinth, Crete, and in central and northern Greece.

At least three aircraft and a helicopter were battling the flames, along with at least 50 firefighters, the fire department said.

"In Sweden, and in Greece, France and Europe show their solidarity and bring help".

Responding to the appeal, Spain, Italy and Romania sent firefighting aircraft, while Cyprus sent in 60 firefighters. Israel, Turkey and Bulgaria also offered assistance.

Forest fires are common in Greece during the hot, dry summers, and temperatures recently reached up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

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On Monday, two fires broke out on the east and west coasts of the country's Attica region - home to capital Athens - causing the death of over 60 people and injuring more than 170.

Greece mourns as death toll from wildfires reaches 81