theguardian.com

More than 80 people have been killed after Greece’s worst wildfire in a decade hit the small resort of Mati, 18 miles east of Athens. The fire broke out on Monday afternoon, with strong winds causing the fire to spread quickly towards the beach.

Almost 200 people are estimated to have been injured and hundreds more were forced to flee to beaches and into the sea as the blaze consumed houses and cars. Greek reports suggested that 1,500 homes had been damaged, with many destroyed.

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