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6 Belgians unaccounted for in Greece

Severe forest fires in the area around the Greek capital Athens have claimed the lives of at least 60 people. The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (Francophone liberal) has said that “There is great concern for one Belgian national that is there. The Embassy is trying to contact another 5 Belgians”  

The forest fires are the worst in a decade. The authorities in the Attica region of Greece that is made up of Athens and the surrounding area have declared a state of emergency. Greece has asked other European countries for help and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has cut short a visit to Bosnia. In addition to the 60 dead there are more than 150 injured and a lot of people missing.  

“Extremely concerned” about Belgian who is there

The Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders wrote on Twitter that “There is great concern for one Belgian national that is there. The Embassy is trying to contact another 5 Belgians”.   

The Belgian whose whereabouts is causing such concern was staying in a hotel that was evacuated. However, he was not among the evacuees. The 5 other Belgians that still have to be accounted for have been in Greece for some time.   

The VRT’s correspondent in Greece Bruno Tersago says that “At a number of locations in the area people are stuck on beaches. Although most have been evacuated”.  

The tour operator TUI evacuated 30 Belgian tourists from a hotel where the flames had come too close. It still has to be decided whether they will remain in Greece or return to Belgium.  

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