At least 50 people have lost their lives in wildfires that broke out in eastern Attica while there are fears of even more casualties, as many telephone calls have been made for missing persons at the Fire Brigade.
Among the victims are many young children.
The government has implemented the human loss management plan and all victims are transferred to the morgue in Goudi to identify them.
All the dead have so far been found in the area between Rafina and Nea Makri, especially in Mati and Kokkino Limanaki, where they were trapped in flames in homes and cars or attempted to escape from the sea but drowned.
According to information, the injured have risen to 150, of which 11 are intubated in hospitals.
“Another 26 charred bodies were found in Argyra Akti, Mati, close to Nea Makri,” Rafina-Pikermi mayor Evangelos Bournous said to the Athens-Macedonian News Agecy (ANA) on Tuesday.
“There is a pile of 26 bodies, just 15 meters from the sea. Police forces have blocked the area. These people must have tried to find a way out into the sea but they were likely trapped in the flames,” the Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s photographer Pantelis Saitas said.
“These fires are not that innocent,” Toskas tells ANA
“All government and state forces are on full standby, so that we don’t mourn victims and limit as much as possible the damages from this exceptionally difficult fire in Kineta, ” Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas told Athens Macedonian News Agency on Monday.
Speaking from the fire brigade’s operational center, the minister hinted that the large fire, on the Geraneia mountain range, could be the result of arson and that this will be investigated by authorities.
“These fires are not that innocent,” highlighted Toskas, adding that “last night, again on Geraneia, in the same areas where the fire broke out today, we had another two fires that were quickly brought under control. This afternoon, and while the fire in Kineta had spread, another fire broke out above the refinery in Aspropirgos. This was handled quickly, but all of this can’t not make you think.”
In regards to how the fire has been handled, Toskas said the fire brigade was informed of the blaze at 12:03 and there was an immediate response from fire fighters, the armed forces, regional and municipal authorities that helped support firefighters.