People flee Mati by boat to escape deadly Greek wildfires

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Showers near Athens Monday missed both fires, but heavy rain is in the forecast for Wednesday. "I grabbed a beach towel".

Citing police, ERT television said that some 300 residents of several villages in East Attica were trapped in their homes by the fires. "We share their pain and our thoughts are with them", the Dutch Royals said.

"Today, Greece is in mourning", said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Twins Sofia (left) and Vasiliki (right) are among the missing in one of Greece's deadliest fires in decades.

Hundreds of firefighters aided by water-dropping aircraft were tackling the remaining areas in the two main blazes near the capital.

More than 700 people who escaped the fire and reached the shores were transported to safe areas by coast guard teams and private boats.

Twenty-six of the dead were found after dawn Tuesday, huddled in a compound near the sea in the community of Mati, the worst-hit area near Rafina, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens.

As part of a huge rescue effort, emergency workers used boats and helicopters to evacuate a beach.

"It is awful to see the person next to you drowning and not being able to help him", Stavrinidis said, his voice breaking.

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Jul 24, 2018-A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured scores more as it swept through a small resort town near Athens and trapped families with children behind walls of smoke and flames as they tried to flee to the beach, Reuters reported. Twenty-three children were also being treated for injuries in hospitals, none of them in serious condition.

A senior Health Ministry official in Greece has confirmed that two people have been killed in wildfires that are raging near Athens.

"You could see the fire coming toward you at great speed, and there's nothing you can do but leave", he said.

"I personally saw at least 100 homes in flames", said Evangelos Bournous, mayor of the Rafina-Pikermi area. Tawefik says the cries for help pierced the thick, choking smoke as his fishing boat plucked young and old from the sea where they sought refuge from the flames that tore through the seaside report of Rafina. It saved my life. "It's just that we can't find her". "I don't know if they made it out".

"In Sweden, and in Greece, France and Europe show their solidarity and bring help".

Flames tore through pine forests around Athens on Monday evening, killing at least 83 people. Spain is sending two firefighting aircraft while Cyprus sent in 60 firefighters.

Greece's fire brigade said the intensity and spread of the wildfire at Mati had slowed on Tuesday as winds died down, but it was still not fully under control.

Earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli spoke with their Greek counterparts and offered Turkey's help.

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