July 24, 2018 13:00 IST

Athens wildfire: Orange smoke engulfs Greek capital

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Firefighters and soldiers try to extinguish a wildfire burning in the town of Rafina Greek authorities urged residents of a coastal region near Athens to abandon their homes as a wildfire raged uncontrolled on Monday, closing one of Greece's busiest motorways, halting train links and sending plumes of smoke over the capital. Authorities deployed firefighters and equipment from across Greece to deal with the massive blaze at Kineta, a small resort town about 54 km (35 miles) west of Athens on a route tens of thousands of drivers use daily to reach the Peloponnese. Credit: Reuters
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Deadly blaze rages near Athens A man looks at the flames as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Wildfire rages near Athens People watch a wildfire raging in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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More than 20 dead as fires rage near Athens Firefighters, soldiers and local residents carry a hose as a wildfire burns in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Helicopter flies over a wildfire A firefighting helicopter flies over a wildfire burning in Kineta, near Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters
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Orange smoke engulfs Greek capital Smoke from a wildfire burning outside Athens is seen over the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, July 23, 2018. Credit: Reuters