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Two Georgians Lost During Wildfire in Greece Found

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Thursday, July 26
Two Georgian citizens who have been lost during the deadly wildfire around Athens, Greece, have been found and are now being treated in hospitals for minor injuries, the Georgian embassy to Greece announced on Wednesday.

Georgian Ambassador to Greece Ioseb Nanobashvili says that there is no information about other Georgian citizens and they are not in lists of missing people amid the strongest fire in Greece in a decade which already claimed more than 70 lives and left about 200 injured.

Dozens are still missing- the Greek government says, which has declared three-day mourning in the country.

Top Georgian officials have sent their condolences to Greece and offered the support of the Emergency Management Service.

“My sincere condolences go to the people and the Government of Greece over the loss of lives during the forest fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the victims and the brave first responders,” Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze wrote.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by the deadliest wildfires near Athens. We stand with the Greek people and its Government in solidarity,” President Giorgi Margvelashvili said.

The Georgian embassy called on Georgian citizens living in Greece to call the hotline +306995779793 if they need any kind of help or assistance from Georgia.

The fire started in Attica region around Athens in Greece on July 23. The wind intensified the blaze which devastated the seaside village of Mati, devouring homes and cars.

It is Greece's worst fire disaster since 2007, when dozens of people were killed in the southern Peloponnese peninsula.