Floods after heavy rain in Greece leave 3 dead

2016-09-07 22:23
A car washed away into the sea following floods caused by heavy overnight rain, in Agia Triada, a suburb of Thessaloniki.  (Sakis Mitrolidis, AFP)

A car washed away into the sea following floods caused by heavy overnight rain, in Agia Triada, a suburb of Thessaloniki. (Sakis Mitrolidis, AFP)

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Athens - Floods caused by heavy overnight rain hit parts of southern and northern Greece on Wednesday, leaving three people dead and another missing, authorities said on Wednesday.

The fire service said two women, aged 80 and 63, were found dead in their flooded basement homes in the city of Kalamata and its outskirts. A 90-year-old man also died in the Kalamata area, which is in the southern Peloponnese region.

In northern Greece, authorities were seeking a woman in her sixties who has been missing since early Wednesday after phoning her husband to say she was abandoning her flooded car near Michaniona, south of the city of Thessaloniki.

The rainfall flooded homes and businesses in other parts of the southern Peloponnese, and in the Thermaikos municipality, which includes Michaniona, washed parked cars into the sea and damaged roads.

Thermaikos mayor Yiannis Mavromatis appealed for the area to be declared in a state of emergency.

"Some parts present an image of total destruction, while elsewhere there is partial destruction," he said.

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