50 dead including 26 in one seaside villa as fires rip through Greece #Business [Video]

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US drones hunt ‘criminal’ arsonists behind gale-driven Greek forest fires that left scores dead – including 26 in one villa and dozens who were trapped in deadly traffic jams as they fled for the safety of the sea

  • 60 dead including six-month-old baby as worst Greek forest fires in a decade rip through the Athens region …

At least 60 are dead after a series of wildfires in Greece. The resort of Mati, 25 miles from Athens, has been left devastated and rows of cars were destroyed as fierce fires swept through the area in a matter of minutes

Dramatic pictures have emerged on social media showing how tourists were forced to take desperate measures to escape the flames

There are reports of tourists retreating to beaches and people drowning in the sea while trying to escape the flames engulfing woodland around the Athens region

In an 'extreme situation' fuelled by winds of up to 65mph, fires ripped through communities in a matter of minutes leaving lines of cars torched and farms and forests charred

Aftermath: There were horrific scenes in the resort of Mati where the bodies of 26 people, apparently families, were found huddled together near a beach having perished trying to escape the wildfires

Fire fighters carry the body of a victim through the streets of Mati this morning as emergency crews sifted through the remains of burnt out cars

At least 60 people have been killed including 26 in one seaside villa and a six-month-old baby as deadly forest fires continue to rip through Greece. This was the scene near Mati as people jumped into the sea to avoid the flames

Dashing to the water was the only way to escape for most villagers - but many perished behind a wall of flames and toxic smoke

By dawn on Tuesday, the fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night. This was the scene as a fire ripped through a building in Kineta near Athens

There were horrific scenes in the coastal resort of Mati where it appeared that cars caught in a traffic jam in Mati had become engulfed in flames. A woman who had reportedly lost her dog breaks down in tears as she stands next to burnt out vehicles in the village

Mati is in the Rafina region which is a popular retreat with local tourists, particularly pensioners and children at holiday camps. One woman said that the town 'doesn't even exist as a settlement anymore' after the inferno

Residents in Mati woke to horrific scenes this morning as it emerged that some had died while trapped in their cars as flames swept through the streets

Pictures have emerged of bodies lying in the streets in the Mati area amid fears the death toll from the disaster will climb further

The fires broke out either side of Athens with Mati and Rafina the worst hit areas. The death toll is expected to climb today

The wildfires took people by surprise amid reports that flames swept in so quickly they did not have time to escape. A house is pictured on fire in Neos Voutzas

A woman reacts with horror as she surveys the scene of a burnt out property in the resort of Mati, to the east of Athens

The fire in Mati (pictured) was by far Greece's worst since flames devastated the southern Peloponnese peninsula in August 2007, killing dozens

A helicopter hovers over fires in Kineta, Greece as it drops water as part of desperate attempts to put out fires in the region

Aerial photos show how the worst Greek forest fires in a decade have caused huge clouds of smoke to drift across the country

Another aerial photograph shows how flames came right down to the coastline in Kineta, tearing through woodland and leaving buildings in ruins

A man stands among the charred trees and a burned-out car near the village of Neos Voutzas near Athens this morning

The ragged remains of a Greek flag are seen above a burnt out car in a garage of a house ruined by fire in Mati this morning

People watch as a helicopter picks-up sea water to help fight the wildfires in Mati east of Athens. Wildfires torched more than a thousand homes and hundreds of cars

Emergency response: A water-carrying helicopter flies overhead as people survey the damage from devastating wildfires in Mati

A woman shows her anguish as she visits the scene of the horrifying inferno in the village of Mati where dozens of cars caught in a traffic jam went up in flames

A ire fighting truck drives through thick smoke as a a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens. A massive emergency operation is underway in Greece

Fires were still burning in and around the Kineta area to the west of Athens this morning. More than 300 fire figthers are tackling the inferno in the area

Huge traffic jams formed as holidaymakers and residents took to the roads with the flames closing in on the Kineta area

Pictures show the scale of the inferno which swept through the Rafina area overnight, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures

There were devastating scenes in Mati, east of Athens, today as people arrived to find lines of cars destroyed by the flames

Dozens of cars and houses have been destroyed by the wildfire at Mati. A Reuters photographer saw at least four dead on a narrow road clogged with cars heading to a nearby beach and heard reports of several more casualties

Horrified tourists were seen packing up to leave the town of Mati this morning after fire tore through the resort over night

Two men run through the remains of burnt out cars that were caught in a traffic jam during the fire in Mati, east of Athens

 This was the scene in Kineta, near Athens after fired spread from forests and engulfed sun loungers and shades on the beach

 This was the aftermath of the fire in Mati after flames ripped through the coastal resort in a matter of minutes overnight

A state of emergency has been declared in western and eastern parts of Attica, the greater Athens area and the Greek government has called on the EU for assistance to battle the devastating wildfires which have left 150 injured amid temperatures of more than 104F (40C)

Cars and buildings were left in charred ruins as flames ripped through the Kineta village area. The death toll is expected to climb today

A man walks through the remains of buildings after the forest fire tore through Kineta village, west of Athens overnight

Hundreds of tourists and residents were forced to wait in the water to be rescued as flames and thick smoke engulfed the area, near Athens

The majority of the casualties were found in their homes or cars in Mati, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said. Eleven people were seriously injured, he added. This was the scene as a house was engulfed by flames in Kineta

People watch a wildfire in the town of Rafina, near Athens. Officials said flames ripped through communities in a matter of minutes fanned by strong winds in the area

Rescuers and volunteers help terrified locals and tourists during an evacuation of the village of Mati during deadly wildfires near Athens

The country's entire fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters to give vacationers time to escape. Military drones remained in the air in the high winds to help officials direct more than 600 firefighters on the ground

Smoke from a wildfire burning outside Athens is seen over the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece,

The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 25 miles northeast of the capital

By dawn on Tuesday, the fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night. This was the scene in Mati

A satellite image shows how one of the fires engulfed a huge area to the north of Kineta in Greece sparking a huge rescue operation

Holidaymakers due to visit Greece are being urged to monitor news reports and follow advice issued by the local authorities or their accommodation providers, after wildfires ripped through tourist resorts leaving 60 dead

The blazes centre around the coastal town of Mati to the east of Athens while authorities are co-ordinating to rescue tourists who fled to the harbour in Rafina - one of the worst hit areas. This was the scene as a fire swept through Kineta, on the opposite side of Athens

A house burns as a wildfire rages at the village of Mati, near Athens. The worst forest fires in years are raging in Greece at the moment after a dry winter created tinder box conditions

Locals try to extinguish a fire at a nearby house as a wildfire burns at the village of Mati. A local mayor said the resort essentially 'no longer exists'

A man uses a cloth to protect himself from smoke as wildfire burns in the town of Rafina. A number of tourists have been reported missing

Smoke from a wildfire burning outside Athens is seen over the Parthenon temple. Greece has asked for urgent assistance in tackling the flames

Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens

A man  prepares to battle the flames in Rafina, Greece. The wildfires started on Monday but became progressively worse overnight

A firefighter holds a hose as a wildfire burns at the village of Mati, near Athens. Firefighters from across Greece have been called upon to help tackle the infernos

Firefighters and soldiers working together to fight the wildfire in the town of Rafina, near Athens

A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire burning in the town of Rafina, near Athens. The government has issued an urgent appeal to help tackle the fires

Soldiers fall back as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens. Cyprus has offered to send fire engines and personnel to assist

Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose and battle the wildfire as it burns in the town of Rafina

A house devastated by the flames in the village of Mati. Greek authorities urged residents of a coastal region west of Athens to abandon their homes

Rescuers and volunteers push an inflatable boat as locals are evacuated from the area in Mati. Many were forced to sprint from their homes to nearby beaches to escape the fire

A building is engulfed by flames in Mati. The army was drafted in on Monday afternoon to help fight the blazes

An electricity pole burns on a car as the wildfire continues to rage at the village of Mati. Fire broke out around the Saronicos Gulf, ravaging tracts of pine forest

A firefighter wears a flame resistant uniform as wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens. The country's leader has declared three days of mourning

The fire rages in the distance at the town of Rafina. Reuters witnesses reported seeing a hillside of homes gutted by flames east of Athens

Fire fighters are seen amid smoke as a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens. The dusty, orange smoke hangs unnervingly over the motorway