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At least 74 people have died in wildfires raging close to a Greek town that ‘no longer exists’, authorities said today.

Fire service spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri said the death toll had risen from 50 and the full number of missing people is still unknown.

At least 187 people, including 23 children, have been injured in the horrific fires that have raged through seaside resorts near Athens. Hundreds more had been dragged from the sea where they had flocked to escape the inferno.

>>> epa06908422 Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish a wildfire raging in Verori, near Loutraki city, Peloponnese, southern Greece, 24 July 2018. As a precautionary move, authorities evacuated three communities near Loutraki and a children's camp in the Alepohori area as the fire in Kineta picked up on 24 July. The two major fires in Kineta and Kallitechnoupolis, that resulted in the death of at least 74 people, have yet to be extinguished. At Kineta, 150 firefighters were on the site with 74 firetrucks, and were being supported with firefighting planes and helicopters. EPA/VASSILIS PSOMAS
Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish the wildfire in Verori, near Loutraki city (Picture: EPA)
>>> A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the "extremely difficult" situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHEVALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens (Picture: AFP/Valerie Gache/Getty)
>>> epa06908421 Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish a wildfire raging in Verori, near Loutraki city, Peloponnese, southern Greece, 24 July 2018. As a precautionary move, authorities evacuated three communities near Loutraki and a children's camp in the Alepohori area as the fire in Kineta picked up on 24 July. The two major fires in Kineta and Kallitechnoupolis, that resulted in the death of at least 74 people, have yet to be extinguished. At Kineta, 150 firefighters were on the site with 74 firetrucks, and were being supported with firefighting planes and helicopters. EPA/VASSILIS PSOMAS
Volunteers were met with a wall of black smoke and flames (Picture: EPA)
>>> ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 23: A firefighter tries to extinguish the fire that broke out in Rafina area, northeast of Athens in Greece on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A firefighter tries to extinguish the fire that broke out in Rafina (Picture: Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
>>> TOPSHOT - Flames rise as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images
Flames rise as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina (Picture: AFP/Getty)
>>> epaselect epa06907585 A man pauses as he stands amidst burned cars following a forest fire in Mati a northeast suburb of Athens, Greece, 24 July 2018. At least 50 people have lost their lives in wildfires that broke out in eastern Attica while there are fears of even more casualties, as many telephone calls have been made to the Fire Brigade to report missing persons. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS
A man pauses as he stands amid burned cars following a forest fire in Mati (Picture: EPA/Yannis Kolesidis)

An entire family were killed in Mati, a town which officials said ‘no longer exists’ because of the fires that have torn through the country.

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Rescuers discovered 26 bodies, including those of small children, huddled together at one holiday compound, some of them hugging.

They were found just 30 metres away from the sea after being unable to find a route away from the fires in Mati.

It is believed they huddled together in a bid to protect themselves from the fire which was fuelled by 60mph winds.

The charred bodies in Mati were entwined in groups in ‘a final attempt to protect themselves’, said rescuer Vassilis Andriopoulos.

>>> TOPSHOT - A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the "extremely difficult" situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHEVALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during the wildfire in Kineta (Picture: AFP/Getty)
>>> TOPSHOT - A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the "extremely difficult" situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE GACHEVALERIE GACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Authorities said at least 74 people have died in the fires (Picture: AFP/Getty)
>>> epa06907589 Residents react as they look at their burned house following a forest fire in Mati a northeast suburb of Athens, Greece, 24 July 2018. At least 50 people have lost their lives in wildfires that broke out in eastern Attica while there are fears of even more casualties, as many telephone calls have been made to the Fire Brigade to report missing persons. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS
Villagers react as they look at their burned house following the forest fire in Mati (Picture: EPA/Yannis Kolesidis)
>>> epa06907155 Memders of Red Cross give fist-aid to residents after a fire in Argyra Akti, Mati, close to Nea Makri, in Attica, Greece, 24 July 2018. Another 26 charred bodies were found in Argyra Akti. At least 53 people have lost their lives in wildfires that broke out in eastern Attica while there are fears of even more casualties, as many telephone calls have been made for missing persons at the Fire Brigade. Hundreds of firefighters are battling the fires as regional Greek authorities declared a state of emergency in the Attica region, in the eastern and western parts of greater Athens, media reported. EPA/PANTELIS SAITAS
Members of Red Cross give fist-aid to residents after the fire in Mati (Picture: EPA/Pantelis Saitas)

The number of dead outpaces the death toll of 2007, one of the worst on record, where about 70 individuals died from fires in the southern Peloponnese region.

Two of the largest fires broke out 20 miles north-east of Athens near Rafina and the other 30 miles west of the capital in Kineta.

Both were fanned by gale-force winds which hampered firefighting efforts and sent hundreds of people fleeing to beaches, from where they were evacuated on boats late at night.

Winds of more than 60 mph in Mati caused a ‘sudden progression of fire’ through the village, fire service spokeswoman Malliri said.

‘Mati no longer exists,’ the mayor of nearby Rafina, Evangelos Bournous added.

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He said that more than a thousand buildings and 300 cars had been damaged.

Source : https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/24/death-toll-greece-wildfires-hits-74-near-town-no-longer-exists-7755042/

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