At least 60 people died and more than 150 injured in Athens, Greek a wildfire continues to spread through woodland and villages around the capital.
The blazes have majorly hit the Rafina and Mati villages of Athens. According to the region's vice mayor, Girgos Kokkolis, The death toll rose sharply on Tuesday, July 24 after firefighters found more than 26 pedestrians dead near the harbor town of Rafina.
On Tuesday morning, a senior fire brigade official said that the total number of deaths stood at 49 but later the Rafina's mayor said the death toll "had already exceeded 60", adding, "The number of dead is rising".
Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the wildfire and the authorities are seeking international assistance.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters, "We will do whatever is humanly possible to control it".
According to officials, the wildfire, which damaged structures, disrupted major transport roads and sent people leaving their homes, left more than 150 people injured.
Greek fire brigade said the wildfire's intensity in the coastal village of Mati and Athens, had slowed down as the winds died on Tuesday, however, it was still not completely under control.