Woman miss­ing, Hy­dra emer­gency, as rain con­tin­ues

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As heavy show­ers con­tin­ued in most parts of Greece for a sec­ond day, res­cue crews were last night still search­ing for a woman whose car was washed away by a flash flood on Thurs­day night in Ka­matero, west of Athens, close to an area where a man died af­ter be­com­ing trapped in his ve­hi­cle on the same day. Author­i­ties said they widened their search af­ter find­ing the miss­ing woman’s aban­doned car.

Mean­while, the Sa­ronic is­land of Hy­dra was de­clared in a state of emer­gency yes­ter­day af­ter wide­spread flood­ing took out roads and swept mud, de­bris and out­door cafe fur­ni­ture into the port. Sea­side busi­nesses sus­tained con­sid­er­able dam­age from the floods on the car-free is­land, though there were no re­ports of in­juries.

Flood­ing has also de­stroyed hun­dreds of hectares of farm­land in Ilia and Achaia in the Pelo­pon­nese, but there are no es­ti­mates yet of the pre­cise ex­tent of the dam­age.

In At­tica, Re­gional Gover­nor Rena Dourou and In­fras­truc­ture Min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis made a joint state­ment yes­ter­day as­sur­ing that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two author­i­ties is “ex­cel­lent” fol­low­ing re­ports of coun­ter­ac­cu­sa­tions in the wake of Thurs­day’s floods in western At­tica. Dourou said she also met with In­te­rior Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Kourou­b­lis to dis­cuss leg­is­la­tion that would more clearly dis­tin­guish the roles of var­i­ous author­i­ties in nat­u­ral dis­as­ter preven­tion and re­cov­ery ef­forts.

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