Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish flames in Kineta, Greece, on Tuesday, July 24.
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In photos: Deadly wildfires ravage Greek towns

Updated 9:19 AM ET, Wed July 25, 2018

Firefighters and volunteers try to extinguish flames in Kineta, Greece, on Tuesday, July 24.
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Dozens of people have been killed and scores injured in the worst wildfires to affect Greece in over a decade.

The fast-moving fires picked up speed Monday evening and are burning across the Attica region. Attica has a population of around 3.5 million people, including the Greek capital of Athens and a number of suburban towns.

In the hard-hit resort town of Mati, Greek authorities say they have discovered the bodies of 25 people who died in the fire. Some survivors in the area reportedly escaped by diving into the sea or getting on rescue boats. So far more than 700 people have been evacuated, mainly from the area of Mati, according to government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

Greek authorities blame the rapid expansion of the fire on increased wind intensity, which prevented residents and visitors in the area from escaping the blaze.