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Department of Foreign Affairs updates travel advice for Greece as Irish honeymoon couple caught up in wildfires

While the woman has since been hospitalised, the man remains missing.

Updated Jul 24th 2018, 8:53 PM

GREECE-KINETA-WILDFIRE Damaged beach facilities at Kineta near Athens, Greece. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

AN IRISH COUPLE on their honeymoon has been caught up in wildfires in Greece which have claimed the lives of over 70 people.

The fires have started in a number of different areas outside of Athens and in the Penteli area, north-east of the capital Athens.

It’s understood that the couple became separated and that while the woman has since been hospitalised, the man remains missing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, while not going into specifics of any case, has said it is providing consular assistance to a number of individuals in Greece at the present time.

The department has now updated its travel advice for Irish citizens travelling to Greece. While most visits to Greece remain unaffected, it urges travellers to keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of the local authorities in affected areas.

For Irish citizens affected by the fires, the Irish Embassy in Athens can be reached on 0030 210 723 2771 – a line that is monitored at all times.

“If you’re at home and worried about an Irish national in Greece, call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 01 4082000,” the advice reads.

Irish holidaymakers meanwhile are being urged to contact their travel company or accommodation provider within Greece.

Strong winds are exacerbating the fires, with forecasters warning that conditions will remain challenging today.

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