Attica's devastating wildfire death toll rises to 99


Attica wildfires

Greek authorities have confirmed that a 26-year-old woman who was in intensive care with severe burns after being injured in the blaze has died at Evangelismos Hospital, raising the number of casualties from the fires in East Attica to 99.

The fire service said Tuesday that a total 16 people, including the latest victim, have succumbed to their burns while hospitalized since the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati.

Another 83 people were killed in the blaze or drowned in the sea trying to escape.

A judicial investigation is underway into the cause of the fire — Greece's deadliest in decades — and into whether authorities responded adequately to the emergency.

Many residents of the affected area said in a letter that many of the promised public works to restore damages have not started, while those that have are moving “at an alarmingly slow pace."

They also said many wildfire victims have yet to receive the initial relief aid to cover their immediate needs.