By: Sean Morrison Business Insider
Huge forest fires raging across Greece have killed at least four people and injured dozens more, forcing authorities to seek international assistance as they battle the flames.
A state of emergency was declared in parts of Athens, the country’s capital, as coast guard boats headed out in an attempt to rescue dozens of people trapped on beaches by fire.
Hundreds of firefighters were battling a number of fires across the region and people have been told to leave their homes as authorities desperately try to bring the situation under control.
Gale force winds that frequently changed direction were hampering firefighting efforts on Monday.
Fire Service spokeswoman Stavroula Malliri said Greece had called on the European Union for assistance with aerial and ground support in helping battle the flames.
Health ministry and police authorities said at least nine people were hospitalised from injuries in the fires, with three reported in serious condition in intensive care.
At least for people were seen dead in the street of the village of Mati, east of Athens, that was ravaged by fire on Monday evening, Reuters reported.
Three major hospitals in the city were on standby in case of more fire victims.