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In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens

At least 74 people have died and more than 187 injured after wildfires tore through woodland and villages around Athens, as Greek authorities rushed to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches in coastal areas early Tuesday. The majority of victims were found in their homes or cars in the seaside resort of Mati, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the capital.

In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A house burns during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018. More than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters have been mobilised to tackle the 'extremely difficult' situation due to strong gusts of wind, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
Cars are blocked at the closed National Road during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A house is threatened by a huge blaze during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
People watch a wildfire in the town of Rafina, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A man walks his dog past a man holding a hose as smoke billows in background during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A fire fighting truck are seen amid smoke as a wildfire burns in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A firefighter stands in front of a burning house during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
Rescuers and volunteers help local people evacuate the village of Mati during a wildfire near Athens, on July 23, 2018. At least 74 people have died and more than 187 have been injured as wild fires tore through woodland and villages around Athens on Monday, while blazes caused widespread damage in Sweden and other northern European nations.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
Two women evacuate the village of Mati during a wildfire near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
Cars are seen burned as a wildfire rages at the village of Mati, near Athens on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
A firefighter tries to extinguish hotspots during a wildfire in Kineta, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.
In pictures: Greece wildfire leaves 74 dead near Athens
Flames rise as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, on July 23, 2018.