Death Toll After Destructive Blaze in Greece Rises to 76

    The total number of dead in the destructive fires east of Athens has risen to 76. Greece Fire Service’s announced 74 fatalities late afternoon on Tuesday. A few hours later another two bodies were discovered in the seaside town of Mati.

    The injured are 188, including 23 children. There is also an unspecified number of missing.

    All the dead have so far been found in the area between Rafina and Nea Makri, especially in the resorts of Mati and Kokkino Limanaki, where they were trapped by the flames in homes and cars or drowned in their attempt to escape from the sea.

    At Mati, rescuers described a tragic scene as 26 people were found tightly huddled in a field about 30 metres (100ft) from the beach.

    3,000 homes destroyed

    According to the mayor of Marathon, Ilias Psinakis, around 3,000 homes have been destroyed by the blaze at the seaside resorts of Mati and Rafina.

    He also revealed that his own house was torched.

    Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a three-day mourning period.

    In a televised address on Tuesday, Tsipras vowed that the government will assist everyone that has been hit by the disaster.

    “We will not leave anyone without the assistance of the state,” he said, adding: “With unity and faith in our forces we will recover.”