Greece to start burying wildfire victims, government facing criticism

Greece will this weekend begin burying the victims of a devastating wildfire near Athens which killed at least 88 people, and has prompted criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday took political responsibility for the tragedy as opposition leaders said the government had failed to adequately safeguard lives.

Death toll from deadly Attica fires rises to 85

The death toll from the deadly blaze that ravaged the coastal town of Mati in east Attica on Monday rose to 85 on Thursday, after a 73-year-old man who was in intensive care in Athens' Evangelismos hospital died and two more bodies were discovered by rescue crews.

Earlier in the day, a fire service spokesperson told journalists the number had risen to 82.

UN expresses 'deep condolences' over victims of deadly wildfires

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his "deep condolences" over the victims of the killer wildfires that have so far claimed the lives of 82 people in a coastal town east of Athens on Monday, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during a briefing on Wednesday.

House to house, crews search for missing in wildfire aftermath

In a scorched and blackened pine forest, Dionysis Tsiroglou and his team of volunteer rescuers are searching homes ravaged by Greece's deadliest wildfire, looking for the missing.

"Their relatives are asking us to move mountains - 'I want my aunt, I want my uncle, my son, my daughter, my father, my mother'," he said.