Death Toll Rises as Wildfires Ravage Areas Around Greek Capital of Athens
July 24, 2018
The area around the Greek capital of Athens has been devastated by wildfires. Flames lit up wooded areas northeast of the city, burning through neighborhoods of the arid region as if they were kindling. Fire threatened homes and people, spurring large-scale evacuation efforts. As plumes of smoke filled the sky, aerial firefighting efforts are seeking to stem the destruction. The official death toll stands at 50, though it is expected to rise as crews continue to comb through the rubble of homes.