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At least 50 dead and 156 injured by several fires in Greece

Authorities have declared a state of emergency and have called for European aid

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At least 50 dead and 156 injured by several fires in Greece

At least 50 people have died and 156 have been injured this Monday during serious fires that have been declared in Greece, three of m around Ans, capital of country, according to last balance of Civil protection, quoted by EFE. All victims, including teenagers and children, have been found in area between port of Rafia, about 30 kilometres from Ans, and Nea Makri, located about ten kilometres furr north. The Minister of Public order, Nikos Toskas, has suggested that fires could have been provoked. The authorities have declared a state of emergency and have called for European aid to fight flames.

This Tuesday has transcended discovery of bodies of 26 people carbonized on coast of Argyros in Mati, as reported by mayor of Rafia-Pikermiou, Evangelos Bournos to state agency ANA-MPA. According to your information, bodies were found only 15 meters from sea. The president of Greek Red Cross, Nikos Economopoulos, told SKAI that deceased, who were found embracing, lost ir lives when y tried to escape to sea. Shortly before, authorities had announced a balance of 24 deaths and more than 150 wounded. The Ministry of Health has reported that more than 100 people have burns of varying degrees and 11 are in critical condition.

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The authorities have declared state of emergency after flames forced evacuation of three villages and provoked cutting of Olympia highway, one of main roads of country, which connects capital with Peloponnese. Through public television, Civil Protection has called for residents of threatened populations to follow instructions of firefighters and evacuate ir homes. "The situation is critical, if y do not obey re is a danger of fatalities," said a firefighter spokesperson to ERT public network.

In area where fires began, in town of Kineta, in Attica region, Greek authorities have deployed 74 vehicles with more than 150 firefighters, supported by five helicopters and or aerial and terrestrial means. The Government of Cyprus has sent an operation of 60 firefighters to collaborate with ir Greek colleagues.

Greece has called for European aid to address flames, as a firefighter spokesperson has explained to media. In addition, Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, forwarded his return to Greece on Monday from Bosnia and Herzegovina to manage situation and expressed his desire that, despite climatic conditions, fires could be controlled.

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