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74 dead and counting in Greece wildfires

Macquarie National News

Image: BBC/Gavin Lee

The death toll has risen to 74 in Greece as the nation is hit by the worst forest fires in a decade.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has described the situation as an “unspeakable tragedy”, declaring three days of national mourning for the dead.

The flames broke out on Monday afternoon around the Grecian capital, with dozens of blazes still burning out of control.

The majority of victims are based in the seaside town of Mati, east of Athens.

Harrowing stories have emerged since the fires broke out, with terrified residents being forced to flee into the sea to escape the flames and the smoke.

Authorities have reported finding bodies on the side of the road, in charred cars and at the edge of cliffs.

26 people were found dead huddled together in a compound in an attempt to escape the firestorm.

Emergency services say the toll is expected to climb, with over 180 people still being treated in hospital.

Macquarie National News
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