Horrible, Uncontained Wildfires Claim 60+ Lives, Hundreds of Homes Devastated

July 24, 2018Jul 24, 2018

Horrible news was just reported out of Greece. An uncontained wildfire swept through a small town near Athens, killing at least 60 people and injuring hundreds more. 

The wildfires began in Mati, 18 miles away from Athens. They began on Monday afternoon and as of Tuesday morning had killed 26 people. Now, as of Tuesday afternoon local time, that number has risen to 60. 

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, "We will do whatever is humanly possible to control it." He noted that a state of emergency had been declared in the entire region, including Athens. 

Tsipras also talked about those who lost their lives and declared three days of mourning for them. However, he said that they must mourn while they continue to fight this battle.

He said, "We musn't let mourning overwhelm us, because these hours are hours of battle, unity,  courage, and above all solidarity."

The Greek coastguard revealed to The Guardian that they had to rescue almost 700 people who had fled to beaches while trying to escape the fires. Additionally, 19 people had to be rescued from the water.

Now, Greece is seeking help from their EU allies in order to get the fires contained.

The mayor of the area, Evangelos Bournous, said, "I personally saw at least 100 homes in flames. I saw it with my eyes, it is a total catastrophe."

Please be praying for this horrible situation to be contained. Pray for safety and peace during this time.

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