Rescue crews scour house to house in areas likened to parts of Syria after bombardment

The number of deaths from the worst forest shoots in Greece for more than a decade has risen to 80 as rescue workers intensified efforts to locate those who had gone missing.

Officials said gangs were going from house to house and car to auto in coast parishes ravaged by the wildfires near Athens on Wednesday.

The death of an 84 -year-old, who had been one of an estimated 187 people injured, pushed the count up from 79 officially pronounced dead by the fire service.

At least nine beings were in intensive care and 11 juveniles had been taken to hospital, powers said.

Meanwhile, emergency services reported being inundated with calls about missing parties. Although no official numeral has been exhausted, Ilias Psinakis, the mayor of Marathon, said there was no doubt the number of victims would rise.

” Unfortunately, the quantity is increasing ,” he told Ant1 TV.” I think they found another five today- 40 people[ in all] were missing by 5 o’clock this morning when I left the town hall .”

At least two-thirds of the chamber of representatives in the Marathon district, which includes Mati, the coastal resort worst affected by the attacks, had been burned, he said.” Of the 1,900 lives in Mati and the 1,100 in Neo Voutzas, two-thirds must have burned ,” Psinakis said.” They are rooms that are no longer inhabitable .”

The scapegoats include an Irish male who was on honeymoon in Greece. Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp go separated from his wife, Zoe Holohan, as they tried to escape the fires.

The couple were travelling in a vehicle when they were forced to flee. Holohan was able to reach to a nearby beach and was admitted to hospital with shines to her psyche and handwritings on Tuesday night. The category justified O’Callaghan-Westropp’s death on Wednesday.


Constantine Michalos, who heads the Athens chamber of commerce and industry, said the dead flames were spread by gale-force gales of up to 77 mph and were” modifying guidance on a minute-by-minute basis”, realizing rescue operations particularly difficult.

Speaking to RTE Radio after seeing Mati, he said:” The country can only be compared to Syria on a day of heavy bombardment .”

It is Greece’s worst environmental disasters since wildfires destroyed big tracts of the western Peloponnese in 2007. Sixty-three people died in the fires 11 years ago, which altered a much larger geographical area.

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A doctor who lives in Mati said on ERT TV:” How can it be that in such a small town so many beings perish? Something has croaked very wrong .”

The prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has declared three days of national grieving. Rescue endeavours are expected to continue for several days, with four firefighting planes from Italy and 64 firefighters from Cyprus joining the operation.

The leftist-led government announced that EUR2 0m( PS18m) in emergency funding would be distributed to assist the stricken localities. On Wednesday the Greek parliament said a further EUR1 0m would be given to people who had lost homes and loved ones.

Nikos Voutsis, the house speaker, said:” This is part of the self-evident support and solidarity for the hundreds of fellow citizens who have been affected by this frightful disaster .”

The government is facing mounting criticism of its handling of the rescue operation, with tenants claiming no disaster plan was put into effect when the ardours rend through seaside useds. The mayor of Rafina, Vangelis Bournous, said that despite the scale of the ardours there had been no ordering for the afflicted areas to be evacuated.

Dimitris Koutsoumpas, the heads of state of the Communist party, said:” The national mourn that the government has declared, and all the large-hearted statements that we are listening, cannot be an alibi to forget … or cover up the huge responsibility of governments, including this government, over era .”


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