The death toll rises after the fires in Greece

Mati death toll freeceOn Thursday, July 26, 2018 photo, a damaged air condition unit stands at a destroyed house with another burnt building in the background, in Mati, east of Athens. More than 86 people were either killed by the flames or drowned on Monday's wildfire as they tried to flee the fire into the nearby sea, waiting for hours in the water for rescue from local fishermen and private boat owners who saved many. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

The death toll rises after the forest fires in Greece

The death toll has risen to 93 after the forest fires around Athens in Greece. Twenty-five persons are still missing six days after the disaster.

 

The flames spread rapidly in the areas around the Greek capital. Most of the victims were swallowed by the sea of flames, while others died as a result of drowning while attempting to swim away from the forest fires.

Worst in decades

Even before the death toll was adjusted from 87 to 91 on Sunday, it was clear that the disaster is the worst forest fire tragedy that has affected Europe for decades. A crisis research centre in Brussels describes the fire tragedy as being the worst in Europe since 1900.

Several rescue personnel and volunteers are Sunday still looking in the ocean for missing persons. The authorities on Sunday confirmed that at least twenty-five still have not been accounted for, which according to the news agency AP is the first official number on missing persons.

No Norwegians have been reported dead or missing.

 

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