Deadly wildfires burn in Greece, dozens die

NEWS 24.07.2018 19:04
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At least 74 people have died in the worst wildfires to hit Greece in more than a decade, with some residents forced to flee into the sea to escape the advancing flames, CNN reported.

Belgrade’s envoy to Greece Dusan Spasojevic told N1 that there were no Serbia’s citizens among the injured, adding the embassy was constantly in contact with police.

Around 500 firefighters are currently battling the five deadly major wildfires around Greece, a fire official said.

There are 71 adults and 11 children who have been hospitalised as a result of the fires across Greece, Greek National Fire Brigade spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri said on Tuesday.

They are among the 164 adults and 23 children she described as injured earlier.

One fire is to the east of Athens near Kineta; one to the west of Athens in Kallitexnoupolis, near Mati; one near Corinth and two in Crete in the Chania region.

The firefighters are battling these five major fires in different parts of the country, she said.

The search for missing people is being carried out by patrol groups of 130 people from the Armed Forces and the Fire Brigade in the areas of Neos Voutzas, Mati and Rafina, she added.