Death Toll after Destructive Blaze in Greece Rises to 50



The total number of dead in the destructive fires in East Attica has risen to 50, as Red Cross rescuers discovered 26 burned bodies on Tuesday morning near the Argyri Akti beach, in Mati.

Local government officials confirmed the Red Cross report that volunteers found the charred bodies of 26 people near a popular beach-side taverna. Apparently the victims tried to reach the sea from nearby homes but they did not make it.

Skai television reports showed that the Mati main road has been obliterated with dozens burned cars lining the two sides, while buildings and constructions around the road are aslo destroyed.

At the time of writing, 156 people are hospitalized, with eleven of them in intensive care.

On Tuesday the blazes in Mati, Rafina, Kalamos and Voutzas in East Attica have been brought under control and Monday’s strong winds have stopped. However, firefighters are standing by in case the fires are rekindled.

President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos announced that Greece is in a state of mourning and cancelled today’s events in commemoration of the restoration of democracy in Greece (July 24, 1974).