Death toll in Greek floods rises to 19

Lloyd Doyle
November 19, 2017

- Hopes were diminishing as darkness fell Friday for six people reported missing in deadly flash floods that struck near Athens, killing 16.

All three bodies belonged to people known to have been missing since the flood hit Wednesday.

The fire department, which had been searching since Thursday for four missing people, said two more people were reported missing Friday in the district of Mandra, on the western outskirts of Athens. The local fire department responded to dozens of reports of people trapped in vehicles and homes, The Associated Press reported.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a period of national mourning in the wake of the tragedy.

It said the recovery of both the bodies was made under very hard circumstances as they were stuck in the mud.

The country's General Secretariat for Civil Protection called the floods "unprecedented" in the area, while Yianna Kriekouki, the mayor of Mandra, referred to the floods as a "biblical disaster" in comments on state television, made by telephone while trapped in her home.

Two more bodies washed up on the Gulf of Elefsina were recovered by the coast guards.

The flooding damaged homes and businesses and destroyed an entire section of the highway that connects Athens and Corinth.

The flooding in Athens comes in a year in which hurricane have unleashed destruction from Houston to the Caribbean.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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