Two people died as a rare storm, known as a Medicane (Mediterranean hurricane), pounded central Greece on Saturday, flooding streets and homes, the authorities said, APA reports citing Reuters.
Storm “Ianos” uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese on Friday. It then swept through central Greece, hitting mainly areas around the cities of Karditsa and Farsala.
The body of an elderly woman was found in a flooded house in a village near Farsala, fire brigade officials said.
Authorities were searching for two more people who had been reported missing, police officials said.
A fire brigade official later said a 63-year-old man was found dead near a hospital in Karditsa. It was not immediately clear whether he was among the two people reported missing.
The heavy rainfall turned the city of Karditsa, in one of Greece’s biggest plains, into a lake, TV images showed. One bridge collapsed.
“We’re dealing with a total catastrophe,” Nikolaos Gousios, a resident at Farsala, told state TV.
Train connections between Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki were suspended.
Since the storm first hit Greece, the fire brigade said it had received more than 2,450 calls for assistance to rescue trapped people, cut down trees, and pump out water from homes and stores.