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Deadly Toll in Greece as Heat Waves Sweep the Country

Heat waves that have swept across Greece this month continued to exact a deadly toll over the weekend, with the authorities on Sunday reporting the death of an American on a Greek island. At least five tourists remain missing across Greece.

The authorities said that the body of a 55-year-old from Floral Park, N.Y., who had been missing on the small island of Mathraki near Corfu since Tuesday was found on a beach on Sunday.

That followed the discovery of a man’s body on the island of Samos the day before. A Dutch hiker has been missing there for a week, but the body had not yet been identified.

Searches were also underway for the five other tourists who have gone missing across Greece amid searing temperatures this month.

“The problem of missing hikers is not new — we have it every year,” said Constantina Dimoglidou, a police spokeswoman. “But this year, it seems more people became disoriented during the heat wave.”

One of the missing was Albert Calibet, 59, a retired police officer who is a dual citizen of France and the United States, on the Aegean island of Amorgos. Mr. Calibet had set out on a trek alone on Tuesday morning, Ms. Dimoglidou said.


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