After forest fires, part of Greece now suffers from flooding Yesterday, 17:15 in Abroad The region of Thessaly has been particularly hard hit. Part of the city of Volos is under water. One man was killed.

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A flooded area in the Greek city of Volos
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Part of Greece is experiencing flooding due to heavy rainfall. The region of Thessaly has been particularly hard hit. Part of the city of Volos is under water. Near the city, a man was killed when a wall collapsed.

It was probably a farmer who wanted to get to his animals. Another person was dragged into the water and is still missing. Residents in the flooded area are evacuated from their homes with boats. Images show mudslides in the streets.

Bad weather tomorrow

Bad weather is also expected in the region tomorrow. Residents have been warned via text message to stay indoors if possible. The warning also applies to other areas in Central Greece that could be affected by the storm later in the day and tomorrow.

The National Meteorological Institute of Greece predicts 650 to 700 millimeters of rain to fall today and tomorrow in the Pelion region, about 170 kilometers north of Athens and close to Volos. For comparison: that is more than normally falls in a year in Athens (400 millimeters).

This summer large parts of Greece were ravaged by wildfires. A large fire also raged in the region around Volos. At least 20 people have been killed by wildfires in the northeast of the country. Euro Commissioner Lenarcic of Crisis Management even called the fire in that region the largest forest fire that has ever raged in the European Union.

  • Greek forest fires largely under control, rain on the way
  • European Commissioner: wildfire in northern Greece is ‘biggest ever in the EU’
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