Greece: More than 20 kill, over 100 injured in Athens wildfires


Forest fires raging across Greece have killed more than 20 people and left more than 100 injured, forcing the authorities to ask for international assistance.

A government spokesman said, hundreds of firefighters are battling the blazes and people have left their homes near capital Athens.

A search and rescue operation is underway for 10 tourists who fled one of the fires in a boat. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, all emergency forces have been mobilised and state of emergency declared in the Attica region.

The government has asked other European countries for helicopters and additional firefighters to help tackle the fires. The extreme weather comes as dozens of wildfires continue to rage in Sweden.


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