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A ‘biblical disaster’: Greek official on wildfires that have killed 50

At least 50 people are dead after twin forest fires have ripped through seaside Greece.

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What caused the Greece wildfires, where did the forest fires start and how many people have died?

More than 100 have been injured, and the Spanish government has sent two amphibious planes to help battle the blazes, according to the Associated Press. An earlier report said 150 had been hospitalized.
As fires raged on either side of Athens, cars and farms and forests were torched, with hundreds racing toward beaches to be rescued by boat.
Greece’s interior minister, Panos Skourletis, told Sky News the fires are a “national tragedy” and a “biblical disaster with human losses.”

More than 700 people were rescued by the Coast Guard, Sky News reported.

A man passes burned cars in Mati, east of Athens, Tuesday, July 24.

A man passes burned cars in Mati, east of Athens, Tuesday, July 24.

Turkey has joined Spain in offering to provide aid, including airplanes and helicopters, to Greece.

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias thanked him for the offer but that the assistance wasn’t yet required, the AP reported. Bekir Pakdemirli, Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister, in Ankara said firefighting planes are “45 minutes away if there is a request and we are ready to intervene immediately.”

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Raging fires and thick smoke surround highway in Greece as blazes leave at least 49 people dead. https://abcn.ws/2AcnAoO 

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