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Wildfires In Greece Leave At Least 50 People Dead


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A state of emergency has been declared in Greece as officials work to tackle a number of wildfires near Athens.

At least 50 people are feared dead and more than 100 people are injured after fires hit a number of resort towns near the Greek capital.

It's reported that a six-month-old baby is among those who have died, while at least 16 children have been injured.

The seaside town of Mati appears to have been the worst affected area.

A Red Cross official reported the discovery of 26 more bodies at the resort this morning.

The official death toll had previously been 24 people.

According to officials, high winds led to the flames spreading suddenly and quickly.

The fires led to a number of buildings being destroyed, while people in some of the affected areas have been forced to flee their homes.

A plane flies over the smoke and fire coming the town of Mati, east of Athens. Picture by: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP/Press Association Images

Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to tackle the fires, while authorities have requested assistance from other European countries.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said officials would do 'whatever is humanly possible' to get the fires under control.

He stressed: "We must at this moment all be in a constant state of alert - we must be united and make the effort to face an exceptionally difficulty situation."


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