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In pictures: Wildfires devastate Greek region

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Wildfires in Greece's Attica region have killed dozens of people.

Many of the victims were trapped in the village of Mati, 40km (25 miles) north-east of Athens, and died either in their homes or their cars. This village in the Rafina region is popular with tourists.

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image captionSmoke rises over a motorway in Neo Voutsa, a suburb of Athens
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image captionThe sky turned orange as smoke spread over the beach town of Kineta in west Attica
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image captionA firefighting helicopter flies over the town of Rafina on Attica's eastern coast, where fires are a recurring problem in the summer
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image captionGreece's prime minister has declared a state of emergency in Attica.
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image captionThe government has asked other EU countries for helicopters and additional firefighters
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image captionThe fire was particularly deadly in Mati, where 26 bodies were found just 15m (50ft) from the sea
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image captionEmergency workers used boats and helicopters to evacuate residents and tourists stranded along the coast
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image captionPeople ran into the water to escape the blaze
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image captionWith temperatures set to soar again, Greece is in a race against time to get the fires under control
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image captionA spokesperson for the International Federation of the Red Cross told the BBC some people had lost everything
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