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Storm Floods Greek Island of Evia, Leaving a Child and 6 Others Lifeless

Storm Floods Greek Island of Evia, Leaving a Baby and 6 Others Dead


(ATHENS, Greece) — Seven folks, together with an aged couple and an 8-month-old child, have been discovered useless as a storm hit the Greek island of Evia, authorities stated Sunday. One individual was nonetheless lacking and dozens of others have been trapped by floodwaters of their properties and vehicles.

Greece’s meteorological service stated components of Evia noticed rainfall that reached 300 millimeters (11.Eight inches), some 80% of the annual rainfall for the world, which is simply about 375 millimeters (14.Eight inches), often with negligible rain throughout the summer time.

Police say the couple, 86 and 85 years outdated, have been discovered unconscious of their flooded house Sunday morning within the seaside village of Politika, 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the capital, Athens. The newborn was present in a floor ground residence in the identical village. The mayor reportedly stated the infant’s household have been vacationers.

Deputy Minister for Civil Safety Nikos Hardalias confirmed the deaths Sunday afternoon and added that two individuals are lacking. The names of the useless and lacking weren’t launched.

Later, one of many lacking, an aged girl, was discovered floating at sea off the coast, sitting on prime of a bureau. She had climbed on it simply because the floodwaters burst into her home.

Firefighters later stumbled on the our bodies of a 38-year-old girl and her 42-year-old husband outdoors their house within the inland village of Amfithea.

A river burst via its banks and flooded a part of Politika, forcing many residents to climb to the rooftops of their properties. One other river within the village of Bourtzi additionally burst its banks. Authorities estimated that 3,000 residences had been partially or completely broken by floodwaters and police stated many native roads are impassible.

Heavy rain began falling at about midnight Saturday and firefighters responded to over 50 fires attributable to lightning. By late afternoon Sunday, 97 folks had been safely evacuated from their properties and vehicles, 30 of them by helicopter, and over 600 properties had been drained of floodwaters, the hearth service stated.

Firefighters stated they stumbled on lots of of useless sparrows after timber have been hit by lightning.

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Yorgos Karahalis contributed to this report from Politika.