The death toll of the widespread wildfire un Greece rose up to 74 according to the latest report. The fire continues to blaze the coast near Athens.
The blazes that started in Mati and Kineta has devoured the whole towns, damaging most houses. Authorities added that more than 150 people were injured.
26 travelers are reported among the victims of the fire. The group, being families with children, were found at a seaside resort after getting besieged by fire and fume. As one woman told Greece’s Skai TV, “Mati doesn’t even exist as a settlement anymore. I saw corpses, burned-out cars. I feel lucky to be alive.”
The twin fires broke up on Monday and spread to the whole towns by hot winds before precautions were made.
Spain, along with some other countries, helped in controlling the fire by sending two amphibious planes. Cyprus and Bulgaria also aided with equipment and firefighters.
Greece announced state of emergency on Tuesday following failures in battling the fire. As Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, “Greece is going through an unspeakable tragedy.” The Prime Minister also announced three days of national mourning.