News ID: 272692
Published: 1007 GMT August 10, 2020

Baby among seven dead as floods sweep Greek island

Baby among seven dead as floods sweep Greek island
A container blocks a street at the village of Bourtzi, following flashfloods on the island of Evia, Greece, on August 9, 2020.

Seven people have died, including a baby, as torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads.

The eight-month-old baby was found dead in a house in the village of Politika on Sunday, said a spokesman for firefighters involved in rescue efforts. The baby’s parents were unharmed, AFP reported.

Hours earlier, a man and woman in their 80s were found unconscious by firefighters in two houses in the same village, the spokesman said. They were later confirmed at a hospital.

Two other people who died, a 74-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, were from the village of Bourtzi.

The five dead were among an earlier official toll, which also listed one person as missing, following torrential rains late Saturday and early Sunday.

Firefighters later said two more people had died but gave no detail. One person remained missing.

One woman was found after being reported missing.

The ANA news agency said a helicopter had spotted the missing woman, who had been swept away by the floodwaters from her home in Bourtzi.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, voiced his “profound pain for the loss of lives” and said he would visit Evia, Greece‘s second largest island after Crete, on Monday.

Torrents of water blocked roads in the west of Evia, which lies about 60 miles (100km) northeast of Athens. Some tourists were unable to leave one campsite on the island, ANA reported.

“We are experiencing a nightmare, we are using every possible means” to combat the floods, said Ana Fanis Spanos, a lawmaker from the central Greece region.

Storm Thalia battered several regions of mainland Greece Saturday, though the weather improved on Sunday.

Hundreds of homes were flooded in Politika and several surrounding villages. Blocked roads prevented fire trucks from reaching the affected sites.

Two rivers burst their banks and filled roads with mud, local authorities said. The ground floors of many houses were flooded.

Manos Anastasiou, a hotel employee in Politika, said he was astonished at the amount of rain.

“I’m 51 years old and it’s the first time I have seen something like this,” Anastasiou said.

About 100 firefighters and two helicopters as well as the coastguard were deployed to rescue those trapped.

Deputy minister for civil protection, Nikos Hardalias, who visited Politika Sunday morning, said more than 13.8 inches (350mm) of rain fell in six hours.





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