50 people die in wild fires in Greece

At least 50 people have died and scores injured as wildfires tore through woodland and villages around the Greek capital. The death toll rose sharply today after 26 bodies were found near the harbour town of Rafina. The fires damaged structures and disrupted major transport links. Residents were urged to abandon their homes as the fires engulfed one of Greece’s busiest motorways, shut train services and sent plumes of smoke over the capital. A state of emergency was declared in the Athens metropolitan area. All emergency forces have been mobilized to battle fires along at least three fronts as it was not established what ignited the fires.