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In the ashes of Greece's wildfires

A burned car in seen in the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, Greece, August 22, 2018. It has been one month since Greece's deadliest wildfire ravaged the now deserted seaside town of Mati, killing 96 people, and life here is still far from normal.

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A burned car in seen in the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, Greece, August 22, 2018. It has been one month since Greece's deadliest wildfire ravaged the now deserted seaside town of Mati, killing 96 people, and life here is still far from...more

A burned car in seen in the village of Neos Voutzas, near Athens, Greece, August 22, 2018. It has been one month since Greece's deadliest wildfire ravaged the now deserted seaside town of Mati, killing 96 people, and life here is still far from normal. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Eleni Anagnostaki, 85, sits in the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. Funeral notices are plastered on electricity poles. The smell of burned pine still lingers in the air, along with a metallic odor from melted cars and other objects. A few people wander the streets, wearing surgical masks.

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Eleni Anagnostaki, 85, sits in the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. Funeral notices are plastered on electricity poles. The smell of burned pine still lingers in the air, along with a metallic odor from melted cars and other...more

Eleni Anagnostaki, 85, sits in the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. Funeral notices are plastered on electricity poles. The smell of burned pine still lingers in the air, along with a metallic odor from melted cars and other objects. A few people wander the streets, wearing surgical masks. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A sign is sprayed on the shop and house of Theodoros Kouris, indicating that the building is to be demolished, in the village of Mati. "My roots are here," the 43-year-old said softly, motioning to the ground. "I was born here together with my late brother. I cannot accept that I will be uprooted." 

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A sign is sprayed on the shop and house of Theodoros Kouris, indicating that the building is to be demolished, in the village of Mati. "My roots are here," the 43-year-old said softly, motioning to the ground. "I was born here together with my late...more

A sign is sprayed on the shop and house of Theodoros Kouris, indicating that the building is to be demolished, in the village of Mati. "My roots are here," the 43-year-old said softly, motioning to the ground. "I was born here together with my late brother. I cannot accept that I will be uprooted." REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Theodoros Kouris, 43, stands in front of his destroyed shop and house, in the village of Mati. Kouris, his wife and their three children now live with relatives in Athens and hope to qualify for relief measures announced by the government, including financial assistance. "We're hearing a lot of talk," he said. "I hope that even a third of what they say materializes, so that we can rebuild and make a fresh start."

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Theodoros Kouris, 43, stands in front of his destroyed shop and house, in the village of Mati. Kouris, his wife and their three children now live with relatives in Athens and hope to qualify for relief measures announced by the government, including...more

Theodoros Kouris, 43, stands in front of his destroyed shop and house, in the village of Mati. Kouris, his wife and their three children now live with relatives in Athens and hope to qualify for relief measures announced by the government, including financial assistance. "We're hearing a lot of talk," he said. "I hope that even a third of what they say materializes, so that we can rebuild and make a fresh start." REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. Mati, a heavily wooded area which sits on the coast east of Athens overlooking the sparkling sea, was popular with pensioners and children at summer camps. Now scorched, it resembles a ghost town.

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A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. Mati, a heavily wooded area which sits on the coast east of Athens overlooking the sparkling sea, was popular with pensioners and children at summer...more

A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. Mati, a heavily wooded area which sits on the coast east of Athens overlooking the sparkling sea, was popular with pensioners and children at summer camps. Now scorched, it resembles a ghost town. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Flowers are laid in front of a banner reading "No apology, no shame, the dead are crying out from the ashes" in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Flowers are laid in front of a banner reading "No apology, no shame, the dead are crying out from the ashes" in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Flowers are laid in front of a banner reading "No apology, no shame, the dead are crying out from the ashes" in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Maria and her daughter Katerina gather debris inside their destroyed house in the village of Mati. "The area has become desolate," a 50-year-old woman who gave her name as Maria said, as she and her daughter filled bags of wreckage cleared out from a summer home built by her grandfather. Even those whose houses were not destroyed have left the area, not only over a lack of electricity and water but because, Maria said, "the atmosphere is heavy."

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Maria and her daughter Katerina gather debris inside their destroyed house in the village of Mati. "The area has become desolate," a 50-year-old woman who gave her name as Maria said, as she and her daughter filled bags of wreckage cleared out from a...more

Maria and her daughter Katerina gather debris inside their destroyed house in the village of Mati. "The area has become desolate," a 50-year-old woman who gave her name as Maria said, as she and her daughter filled bags of wreckage cleared out from a summer home built by her grandfather. Even those whose houses were not destroyed have left the area, not only over a lack of electricity and water but because, Maria said, "the atmosphere is heavy." REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Maria stands at the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. "I believe it will take years before we can return to normal circumstances," she said.

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Maria stands at the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. "I believe it will take years before we can return to normal circumstances," she said. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Maria stands at the yard of her destroyed house in the village of Mati. "I believe it will take years before we can return to normal circumstances," she said. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A shrine is seen inside the yard of a destroyed house in the village of Mati. Sitting in the blackened yard, Maria's 85-year-old mother was there to bid farewell to the house in the event it was torn down. "The house burned down but my memories have not," Maria said. "Houses can be rebuilt. People don't come back."

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A shrine is seen inside the yard of a destroyed house in the village of Mati. Sitting in the blackened yard, Maria's 85-year-old mother was there to bid farewell to the house in the event it was torn down. "The house burned down but my memories have...more

A shrine is seen inside the yard of a destroyed house in the village of Mati. Sitting in the blackened yard, Maria's 85-year-old mother was there to bid farewell to the house in the event it was torn down. "The house burned down but my memories have not," Maria said. "Houses can be rebuilt. People don't come back." REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A worker uses a crane grabber to gather burned trees in the village of Mati. More than 4,300 people have applied for state aid, the government said on Thursday. Engineers inspecting the area have so far ordered scores of buildings to be demolished.

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A worker uses a crane grabber to gather burned trees in the village of Mati. More than 4,300 people have applied for state aid, the government said on Thursday. Engineers inspecting the area have so far ordered scores of buildings to be...more

A worker uses a crane grabber to gather burned trees in the village of Mati. More than 4,300 people have applied for state aid, the government said on Thursday. Engineers inspecting the area have so far ordered scores of buildings to be demolished. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A worker looks on as he cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A worker looks on as he cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A worker looks on as he cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a field where 26 people's bodies were found following a wildfire in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A message reads "We are OK! Thank you for the support" on a wall of the destroyed shop of Theodoros Kouris (not pictured), in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A message reads "We are OK! Thank you for the support" on a wall of the destroyed shop of Theodoros Kouris (not pictured), in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A message reads "We are OK! Thank you for the support" on a wall of the destroyed shop of Theodoros Kouris (not pictured), in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A burned car is seen in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A burned car is seen in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A burned car is seen in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A worker cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A worker cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A worker cuts down burned trees in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A fireplace is seen inside a destroyed house in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A fireplace is seen inside a destroyed house in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A fireplace is seen inside a destroyed house in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A view of a burned house, as a church is seen in the background, in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a burned house, as a church is seen in the background, in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a burned house, as a church is seen in the background, in the village of Mati. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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