Severe weather across parts of Europe has claimed more lives as total fatalities have increased to nine on November 26, 2019. In Greece, two more people have died when thunderstorms pounded the eastern Aegean Sea on Monday evening, November 25. Flash floods were also reported in several regions of the country.
Heavy rains and devastating floods overall killed four in Greece, four in France, and one in Italy.
An elderly woman's body was retrieved in her flooded basement in Rhodes. According to Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), the water level reached above the height of her bed, drowning the pensioner who lived alone in the area of Ialysos.
Another woman was found dead in Kos after drowning when she went swimming in rough seas.
Cars in the town of Ialysos were swept away by raging floodwater, while a bridge on the Makkari River collapsed.
In parts of western Greece, hundreds of homes were submerged as flash floods raged after torrential rain continued falling overnight.
Another video of dangerous flash floods in Symi island, Greece. Video reported by permission. pic.twitter.com/IGQhEnAtzn— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) November 25, 2019
Severe flash floods at Symi island, Greece. Video by Symi TV - posted with permission. pic.twitter.com/lxDKDQAAsx— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) November 25, 2019
In previous reports, two men were killed near the port of Antirio 250 km (155 miles) west of Athens after their boat capsized. Their bodies were retrieved late Sunday, November 24, and early Monday, November 25.
Kineta, a beach town west of Athens, was the worst affected area. The extensive damage could take days to clean up, according to emergency services. Trees were knocked down from surrounding hills, disrupting road network.
The fire service crew said they have rescued people trapped in establishments. The team has received 47 calls including 27 rescues and pumping water.
Dimitris Kalogeras, 48 carries his belonging from his damaged house after storms in Kineta village, west of Athens. as hundreds of homes have been flooded following an overnight storm.#greece #floods #kineta@apimages/@PGiannakouris pic.twitter.com/p8gVCneVh1— Petros Giannakouris (@PGiannakouris) November 25, 2019
A car moved by flood water after storms in Kineta, Greece. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP pic.twitter.com/NQ3gC9Kcsv— AmericanPoliSciGirl (@WendyChasteen) November 26, 2019
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