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Australia to help Greece in wildfires aftermath

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Australia is prepared to help Greece in the aftermath of its deadly wildfires that killed 74 people, Treasurer Scott Morrison says.

The deaths of 74 people in wildfires near Athens have been described as a "tragedy" for Australia's large Greek population, as state and federal governments step in to offer help.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the Australian government will provide whatever support is appropriate to help the fire-stricken areas.

"(We are) a country that is very familiar with the heartbreak and tragedy of fires," Mr Morrison said in Sydney on Wednesday.

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DFAT says no Australians have been caught up in fires that have killed 74 people east of Athens. (AAP)

"And as a country that also has one of the largest expatriate populations of Greek nationals of anywhere around the world, we deeply empathise with those who are caught up in these tragic fires in Greece.

"There will be many Australians I'm sure who have family members that may be affected."

Melbourne has Australia's largest Greek population and Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said the state had contacted Greek authorities.

"We stand ready to provide any assistance, whether that's in regards to the emergency or in recovery," Mr Merlino said on Wednesday.

"These are shocking, tragic fires in Greece."

Premier Daniel Andrews said it appeared there may be no need for Australian firefighters in Greece.

But he hoped Victoria's sadly gained expertise in identifying bushfire victims may be useful to Greek authorities.

"Our hearts are breaking for the terrible tragedy in Greece," Mr Andrews said.

Scores of gutted cars lined the streets of the resort town of Mati, east of Athens, after being melted by the intensity of the heat.

Bodies lay on roadsides, and in one area, a group of 26 people were found dead, some huddled in an embrace, in the fire grounds.

The lucky were able to leap off cliffs to survive or rush into the sea from the beach in time.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed "so far" no Australians were caught up in the blaze that swept through Mati on Monday.

"The embassy continues to monitor the situation closely," DFAT said in a statement.

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