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Second victim of bad weather in Greece

19 October 2010 / 15:10:21  GRReporter
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Downpours unusual for Greece have taken two lives away over the past 48 hours. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service warned that rainfall will continue for at least another day. Most serious is the situation on the islands in central Aegean, where a state of emergency is announced in many places. A driver drowned yesterday on the island of Chios as the car was swept by the risen waters of a creek. The man was already dead when firefighters found the car. Schools on the island are closed due to the bad weather and list of damages was made that morning despite the persistent rain.

Today, another man at the age of 34 died on the Aegean island of Ikaria after his house collapsed under the pressure of water and mudslides. Many of the roads on the island are cut off due to mudslides on the road surface. Mud ruined a bridge when a fire car was passing along. The two officers in the car and a 40-year-old woman who they have just taken out from her own car miraculously escaped drowning.

Fire services have received over 450 calls for flooded houses and cars, dragged by flood waters. Agricultural crops in many places were affected. Tornado raged on the Ionian island of Zakynthos – a British tourist was injured by falling objects and two cars were crushed by fallen trees.

Meteorologists warned that bad weather will cover the islands in the eastern Aegean and the Dodecanese archipelago. At some places the wind will reach up to 8 Beaufort.

Tags: Bad weatherTornadoVictimsDownpoursNews
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