Athens/Geneva 24 July 2018 – Red Cross teams are providing first aid and support as part of a huge search and rescue effort for people who have been caught in deadly wildfires that are raging across areas near Athens, Greece.

More than 50 people are feared dead and more than a hundred injured in several blazes that have engulfed the outskirts of Athens and the seaside resort town of Mati. Emergency teams are also responding to blazes in the municipalities of Nea Makri, Rafina, and Megara.

Sofia Malmqvist, programme coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Athens, said: “Getting people to safety is the priority right now – our teams are treating the injured and working with the emergency services as part of search and rescue efforts.

“The situation is evolving but what we do know is that many people have lost loved ones and have seen their homes completely destroyed.

“Those families will need long term support to recover and the Red Cross will be working closely with authorities to ensure people get the help they need.”

 

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For more information, please contact:

In Athens: Georgia Trismpioti, IFRC Greece, tel +30 6971 809031

Sofia Malmqvist, tel +30 698 16 67 750, +46 704 384750, email: sofia.malmqvist@ifrc.org

In Budapest: Nichola Jones, IFRC +36 70 430 6506, Nicholalyndsay.jones@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Laura Ngo-Fontaine, +41 79 570 441, Laura.ngofontaine@ifrc.org

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