Updated 7/24, 2018



…Wildfires sweeping through a Greek resort town have killed at least 74 people, officials say, including families with children found clasped in a last embrace as they tried to flee the flames.

Key points:

  • At least 187 people, including 23 children, have been injured in the fires
  • Reports a six-month-old baby died of smoke inhalation
  • Greece has called for assistance from neighbouring countries and the EU

At least 187 people, including 23 children, have been injured. The number of missing persons was still unclear.

The number outpaces the death toll of 2007, one of the worst on record, where about 70 individuals died from fires in the southern Peloponnese region.

Emergency crews found one group of 26 victims, some of them children, lying close together in a field just 30 metres from the sea near Mati in eastern Greece.

Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece’s Red Cross, told Skai TV they had tried to find an escape route “but unfortunately these people and their kids didn’t make it in time”.

Merchant Marine deputy minister Nektarios Santorinios, whose ministry is in charge of the coast guard, said more than 700 people had been evacuated by sea by the coast guard.