It’s a hell of a summer in parts of Europe with record long term high temperatures and wildfires. Massive loss of life in Greece and no sign of any significant rain anytime soon.
At least 60 people have reportedly died in wildfires in the Attica region around Athens, in Greece’s worst fire crisis in more than a decade.
A local official gave the death toll to local media after flames devastated the seaside village of Mati.
Rescuers found the bodies of 26 adults and children who apparently hugged each other as they died, trapped by the inferno just metres from the sea.
Many calls have been made to the rescue services looking for missing persons.
Hundreds of firefighters have been battling the blazes and the authorities are seeking international assistance.
“We will do whatever is humanly possible to control it,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters.