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Forest rangers see operational failures in tackling deadly blaze

Greece's union of forest rangers said responsibilities should be attributed to those who failed to stop a wildfire that killed at least 91 people in a coastal town in east Attica last week.

The Hellenic Federation of Forest Rangers said in a press release that the battle to save the coast was lost when the flames crossed over the mountain of Pendeli.

Lack of early warning, town planning led to high death toll, study finds

Authorities' failure to issue a timely warning about the approaching wildfire that scorched the town of Mati, a popular tourist resort 17 miles east of Athens, left "almost zero time between realizing the danger and reacting to it," according to a preliminary inquiry into the deadly inferno released Tuesday by the University of Athens.

Identified wildfire victims reach 76, eight remain missing

Seventy six victims of the wildfire that gutted a coastal town in east Attica killing at least 91 people and injuring scores have been identified, the police's criminal investigation division said on Wednesday in its latest briefing.

The number of people officially unaccounted for stands at eight.

Body found floating off southern Athens reportedly bears burn marks

A new body recovered in the sea off the southern coast of Athens on Tuesday reportedly bears burn marks, according to information.

The coast guard said on Tuesday the body was found floating by an amateur fisherman who immediately alerted authorities.

The fire service clarified in a press release the body belongs to a woman and not a man, as was initially reported.

Second body found floating off Athens' southern coast

A new body was recovered in the sea off the coast of Glyfada, a suburb in the south of Athens, the coast guard said on Tuesday.

The body was found floating by a man who was sailing out in his boat and immediately alerted authorities, the coast guard said.

According to initial information, it belongs to a man of about 50 years of age.

Mitsotakis to hold press conference on deadly fires on Tuesday

Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is holding a press conference on Tuesday morning to comment on the deadly wildfires that ripped through the east coast of Attica a week ago, New Democracy said in a press release.

The event will be held at the party's headquarters at noon.

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