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ATHENS, Greece, August 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Greek health officials say the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati, near Athens, has risen to 94 after a 57-year-old woman in intensive care died of her injuries.

The Ministry of Health announced that the woman, who died Saturday morning, is the 11th person to have died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the fire.

The ministry says 31 other fire victims are still hospitalized; eight of them are still in intensive care, including five who are on life support.

 

ATHENS, July 30, 2018 (News Wires) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met survivours of a wildfire that killed at least 91 people during his first visit to the town of Mati on Monday, after facing criticism for the government’s response to the blaze.

Fires began a week ago in the coastal resort, which is 30 km (17 miles) east of Athens, and Tsipras has been attacked by opposition parties for the government’s handling of the disaster, which also left dozens injured.

Tsipras has accepted full political responsibility and pledged a series of changes, including a crackdown on illegal and haphazard construction that is thought to have worsened the blaze.

He spent around an hour in the area and met locals, firefighters and police officers, his office said in a statement.

“Today I visited the place of tragedy,” Tsipras tweeted.

“(I have) untold grief but also immense respect for those who fought an uneven battle with the flames,” he said.

A total of 25 people are still missing and 28 bodies have yet to be identified, the fire brigade said on Sunday.

Greeks were expected to gather outside parliament to light candles in memory of those who lost their lives later on Monday.

Tsipras’ visit comes a week after the disaster and aides said that he had been busy coordinating the response from Athens. His coalition partner went to Mati on Thursday and was shouted at by survivours.

ATHENS, July 28, 2018 (MENA) - A 42-year-old woman who was in intensive care after suffering extensive burns in the deadly wildfire that ripped through the coastal town of Mati in east Attica this week died early Saturday morning, raising the number of fatalities to 88.

On Friday night, authorities also identified the bodies of the nine-year-old twin girls and their grandparents that went missing after the wildfires, the website of Greek Kathimerini newspaper reported on Saturday.

Their bodies were among a group of victims recovered by emergency crews on Tuesday lying close together near the top of a cliff overlooking a beach.

 

CAIRO, July 27, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed his heartfelt condolences to his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias over the victims of Greek forest fires that erupted at the vicinity of Mati and Ravina resorts eastern Athens leaving 81 persons dead and at least 187 others injured.

This came during a phone conversation that Shoukry held on Friday with Kotzias .

Shoukry asserted that the Egyptian government and people are standing by Greece in this ordeal, extending deep condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.

 

 

 

 

ATHENS, July 26, 2018 (News Wires) - Rescuers on Thursday searched the scorched land and the sea for survivors three days after a deadly wildfire ripped through the Greek coastal town of Mati killing at least 81 people.

Desperate relatives appeared on television to plead for help. Others blamed authorities for the disaster, the deadliest blaze in Greece in decades. "My father was the last person to talk to him on Monday evening," Katerina Hamilothori, who is looking for her brother, told Skai TV.

"My brother was returning from work. We have no news at all." About 300 firemen and volunteers combed through the area looking for dozens reported missing, among them two 9-year old sisters. In Athens, other relatives tried to identify the bodies found in the inferno. With most of the corpses badly charred, identification of the dead will be challenging, experts said.

"It will be very painful, we will then have the identification...the funerals, more pain," the mayor of the nearby town of Pikermi said. "I fear the number of the dead will increase." At least 187 persons were injured in the blaze, including 22 children.

Initial inspections showed that more than 300 homes in the wider area were damaged, most of them beyond repair. A long list of relief measures announced by the government was not enough to ease the pain of the survivors. "A drop in the ocean," read the front page of newspaper Ta Nea. "This shouldn't have happened, people perished for no reason," a woman in tears shouted at Defence Minister Panos Kamenos, who visited Mati and nearby fire-stricken areas.

"You left us at God's mercy!" Mati, less than 30km east of Athens, was popular with local tourists, including pensioners. The fire broke out on Monday at 4:57pm (13:57GMT), but it is still unclear what caused it. The flames spread rapidly through the village.

ATHENS, July 25, 2018 (News Wires) - At least 79 people have been killed in wildfires burning close to Athens since Monday, a Greek fire brigade official said on Wednesday.

At least 187 people, including 23 children, have been injured. The number of missing persons was still unclear.

The number outpaces the death toll of 2007, one of the worst on record, where about 70 individuals died from fires in the southern Peloponnese region.

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