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Dozens killed in Greece wildfires

At least 74 dead in Greek wildfires. Photo Credit: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images

At least 74 people have died in the wildfires near Athens, Greece.

The fires are the deadliest to have hit the country since blazes that burned through the southern Peloponnese in August 2007, killing dozens.

In addition to the deaths, officials report that…

  • At least 164 adults have been injured.
  • 23 children have been hurt.
  • 715 people have been evacuated, mainly from the area of Mati.
An aerial view shows buildings destroyed in Mati on July 24. Photo Credit: Savvas Karmaniolas/AFP/Getty Images

Around 500 firefighters are currently battling the five deadly major wildfires around Greece, a fire official said.

There are 71 adults and 11 children who have been hospitalized as a result of the fires across Greece, Greek National Fire Brigade spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri said Tuesday. They are among the 164 adults and 23 children she described as injured earlier.

One fire is to the east of Athens near Kineta; one to the west of Athens in Kallitexnoupolis, near Mati; one near Corinth and two in Crete in the Chania region.

Around 500 firefighters are battling these 5 major fires in different parts of the country, she said.

The search for missing people is being carried out by patrol groups of 130 people from the Armed Forces and the Fire Brigade in the areas of Neos Voutzas, Mati and Rafina, she added.

Source: CNN

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