Flash floods in Athens leave at least one dead

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Emer­gency res­cue work­ers and fire­fight­ers were search­ing parts of north­ern and western Athens last night af­ter flash floods in the cap­i­tal left at least one per­son dead.

The res­cue teams were look­ing for oth­ers who may have been swept away or drowned fol­low­ing fierce rain in the cap­i­tal. Some 560 peo­ple were to re­main on duty overnight.

Dur­ing the day, the fire ser­vice re­ceived more than 800 calls to help pump wa­ter out of base­ments as a re­sult of the flood­ing.

A 41-year-old man lost his life in Acharnes, north­ern Athens, af­ter his car be­came trapped. Passers-by were able to re­move the man and his 71-year-old mother from the ve­hi­cle but he was pro­nounced dead at the hospi­tal. His mother sur­vived but re­mained un­der ob­ser­va­tion last night.

A three-story apart­ment block in Ka­matero, western Athens, col­lapsed as a re­sult of sub­si­dence. The build­ing had been va­cant since last year, when the re­gional author­ity deemed it un­safe as it had been built next to a former streambed.

The weather, which in­cluded gale-force winds, caused dif­fi­cul­ties in other parts of Greece. Six air­craft were un­able to land at Make­do­nia Air­port in Thes­sa­loniki due to the blus­tery con­di­tions. Four were rerouted to Athens, while the other two had to land in Sofia, Bul­garia.

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