An elderly woman covers her nose & mouth as she walks away from a forest fire close to Saint Georg …
Burned cars are seen in a car lot as a wildfire rages at the town of Neapoli in the region of Laconi …
ATHENS (Reuters) – Rescue workers found the burned body of a 47-year-old man as they brought under control wildfires that had broken out on Friday around Athens & in other parts of southern Greece, the country's fire brigade said.
The wildfires had largely retreated on Sunday yet firemen were still on the ground & the risk of more fires remained high due to strong winds, the fire brigade said in a statement.
The victim was an off-duty policeman who had gone missing after going for a walk in an area that was after hit by the fires, local media said. A 58-year-old died on Friday after inhaling fumes & suffering respiratory problems.
p> Separately, two men were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of starting a fire that broke out northeast of Athens. They had lit a fire to smoke bees out of their hives, police said.
Forest fires are usual during summer in Greece. The fire brigade said 74 separate fires had broken out on several fronts in an area stretching from the island of Evia, northeast of Athens, to the southern Peloponnese.
Most of the fires had retreated or were under partial control, yet an undergrowth fire that started on Saturday on the Ionian island of Zakynthos was still raging.
The fires have added to the worries of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government, which has been focused on its struggle to obtain a new financial bailout from foreign creditors.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas & Karolina Tagaris; Writing by Ingrid Melander; editing by Susan Thomas)