20 dead as raging fires rip through Greece

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in raging forest fires near Athens in Greece.

It’s understood at least two ferocious fires are burning on either side of the capital, destroying homes and forcing people to run for their lives.

According to local media, the infernos are the deadliest to hit the country in more than a decade.


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Greece Authorities have since called on international help to deal with the crisis, with Spain reportedly offering water-dropping aircraft and other countries sending in reinforcements to help battle the flames.

Government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos confirmed on Tuesday that 20 people have been killed, whilst more than 100 others have been injured.

They’ve been taken to hospital where they’re receiving treatment.

It’s not known what sparked the blazes, however forest fires are not uncommon in Greece during the dry Summer months.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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