July 24, 2018 / 2:36 PM / in 9 months

Greek fire brigade says death toll in wildfires rises to 74

A wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens. Wildfires sweeping through a Greek resort town killed at least 60 people, officials said, including families with children found clasped in a last embrace as they tried to flee the flames. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - At least 74 people have been killed in wildfires raging close to Athens since Monday, a Greek fire brigade official said on Tuesday.

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.

Reporting by Athens newsroom

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