TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Multiple wildfires across Greece’s Attica region have claimed the lives of at least 24 people after 4 more bodies were found at sea near the Greece's capital with more than 100 people have been injured.
The coast guard said the latest victims counted were three women and a child whose bodies were found in the sea.
Authorities have warned of further casualties and pleaded for an EU-wide response, according to RT.
“Unfortunately, the number of confirmed deaths currently exceeds 20, with another 88 adults injured, 11 of whom are in serious condition,” the government spokesman, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, said Tuesday morning, noting that at least 16 children are among those affected by the flames.
Reporting that at least 15 wildfires are simultaneously raging across three fronts of the Attic Peninsula, which encompasses the capital Athens, Tzanakopoulos warned of a “very difficult night” ahead given the combination of intense western winds.
At daybreak Tuesday, Ambulance Service deputy director Miltiadis Mylonas said the number of casualties was likely to rise as the more gutted homes and cars were checked. He says, "It took people by surprise and the events happened very fast."
Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said early Tuesday that at least 69 other people have been hospitalized with injuries. Many are in serious condition, Dailymail reported.
Greece has sought international assistance to cope with the fires near the capital, which have destroyed dozens of homes, burned cars and prompted tourists and Greeks to flee to beaches east of Athens for dramatic rescues by boats.