Torrential rain overnight created fast-flowing torrents of red mud. State of emergency was declared in areas where roads have turned to muddy torrents and homes half submerged by catastrophic rainfall in Greece. Parts of the major Athens – Corinth highway have been completely cut off due to the heavy rainfall. At least 15 people have died after the country was hit by heavy flooding and violent storms. Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes. Buildings collapsed and roads filled with rubble. Cars and trucks were thrown across streets and into fences.
Street torrents in Greece
There are fears the death toll will keep rising. Emergency teams have been deployed to the region.The most affected areas were the towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, in semi-rural areas close to Athens. The Pindus mountain range which includes Mount Olympus was also affected. It’s a big disaster, officials appreciated. Some areas are totally covered by water. The worst thing is that more intense rainfall is expected in Greece over the coming days but as well in the Alps, Montenegro and southern Italy.