Prosecutors in Macedonia are investigating social media posts and comments that used racist and xenophobic language in discussing the wildfires in Greece that have killed dozens of people.
Many fled from their homes as flames closed in on the coastal resort overnight on Monday.
Molten metal is all over the roads, with those cars that did not catch fire having melted in the heat.
"Work has started on identifying the victims of the wildfires but the majority of the bodies are totally charred", Grigoris Leon, head of the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine, told Reuters.
"They had tried to find an escape route but unfortunately these people and their kids didn't make it in time", Nikos Economopoulos, head of Greece's Red Cross, told the BBC. Text "NEWS" to 22840 and always receive verified news updates.
"We got into the water and stayed there for about five hours until the boats came to pick us up".
He compared the ordeal to the destruction of the city of Pompeii, where thousands were incinerated by the volcano of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. "We were unlucky", he said.
The footage showed two girls among other people, many clad just in swimsuits, disembarking from the fishing boat. There were yellow body bags in several areas.
It was reported that some who jumped into the sea died from smoke inhalation as fumes billowed across the water. At least 187 people were injured, officials said, among those 23 children.
"It's a hard night for Greece", Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after flying back to Athens from a trip to Bosnia that was cut short.Читайте также: Greek fire brigade says death toll in wildfires rises to 79
At least 79 people died in huge wildfires around Athens, Greek authorities said Wednesday, as rescuers scoured scorched homes and burned-out cars for survivors of one of the deadliest fire outbreaks in Europe's modern history. I guess it's fair to call it a philotimo subscription... because you don't have to do it but it's really the right thing to do if you love the site and the content we publish.
Flags atop the ancient Acropolis hill and parliament flew at half mast.
The fire is thought to have been the deadliest on record in Greece.
Firefighters were still putting out smouldering areas as Greece suffered a fatal combination of scorching 100-degree temperatures and severe drought that turned its hillside forests into kindling. Several European Union countries, as well as the US and Israel, have offered to send help.
"We are shocked and saddened with you after the destructive fires raging near Athens causing bad loss of life, injuries and destruction", he wrote in a letter.
The seaside resort of Mati is popular with foreign tourists and locals, especially pensioners and children attending holiday camps. The fire service was not able to confirm the figure. Some took to Twitter and Facebook, posting photographs of young children and elderly couples they hoped to track down.
Showers that passed over the Greek capital Monday missed the two big fires - one at Rafina, 30 kilometers (18 miles) to the east, and the other at Kineta, 55 kilometers (35 miles) to the west.
Newspapers printed banner headlines including "Killer Fire" and "Hell".
Italy, Germany, Poland and France have all sent help in the form of planes, vehicles and firefighters, while Spain, Turkey, and Cyprus have also offered assistance.
Pope Francis said in a telegram he was deeply saddened by the tragedy and prayed for the victims and their families.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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