Authorities say the bodies of 70 people killed by Greece’s deadliest wildfire in decades have been identified, while forensic experts continue working to identify more remains recovered from the area.
At least 90 people are believed to have died in the blaze, but confusion has surrounded the exact death toll.
The fire department explained some bodies were so badly burned that coroners discovered some body bags contained remains of more than one person, raising doubts about the total number of bodies recovered.
The coast guard said Tuesday it had recovered the body of a woman from the sea in the Saronic Gulf south of Athens, but tests were needed to determine whether it was related to the July 23 blaze that devastated a seaside resort northeast of Athens.
Last night, a week after the fires broke out, hundreds of people attended a vigil in front of the Greek parliament.
The government has announced an action plan, but people are asking how a disaster of this scale was possible and are demanding change.
On Monday (July 30), Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made an unannounced visit to Mati, one of the worst-hit areas.
There, he spoke to engineers and rescue workers, but didn’t make a public statement.
Instead, he tweeted – in Greek – about his quote “indescribable grief” and “immense respect” for those who tackled the blazes and for the people now involved in the post-fire recovery and restoration work.
But he’s been criticised for his government’s response to the disaster and the visit to Mati prompted further anger from opposition politicians.
This story originally appeared in Euronews. Image courtesy of Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images.