Greece – Floods in North West Leave 1 Dead

Severe weather, including heavy rain and strong winds, affected parts of north-western Greece from 11 November.

The worst hit locations were Corfu and Igoumenitsa, where some areas recorded more than 100 mm of rain in a 24 hour period.

The Greek Fire Service reported that one man died in Corfu after his car was swept away bu flood waters. Fire service teams were called out to deal flooded buildings and fallen trees.

In Igoumenitsa, dozens of homes and businesses were reported flooded after a river overflowed due to the heavy rain.

The Greek Fire Service also reported wind damage in Paxos on 11 November and flood damage in Symi Island, Rhodes, on 13 November.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: November 21, 2017
Event
Greece, November 2017
Date
November 11 to November 20, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
From 11 November several areas of Greece experienced severe weather including strong winds, heavy rain and flooding.
  • Flooding was reported in Corfu and Igoumenitsa from 11 November.
  • On 13 November heavy rain and floods caused severe damage in Symi Municipality of Rhodes Regional District of the South Aegean Region.
  • An overnight storm from 14 to 15 November brought further heavy rain causing deadly flooding in Attica Region.
Much of the heavy rainfall in West Attica was extremely localised and therefore not recorded by the main weather stations.

Locations

A - Lefkimmi, Corfu
B - Igoumenitsa
C - Ioannina
D - Mandra
E - Megara
F - Nea Peramos
G - Symi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
90 mm in 24 hours
Corfu International Airport - November 13 to November 14, 2017
Rainfall level
127.8 mm in 24 hours
Igoumenitsa - November 11 to November 12, 2017
Rainfall level
75.2 mm in 24 hours
Corfu International Airport - November 11 to November 12, 2017
Rainfall level
53.9 mm in 24 hours
Ioannina National Airport - November 11 to November 12, 2017
Rainfall level
108.6 mm in 24 hours
Vartholomio, Pineios, West Greece - November 14 to November 15, 2017
Rainfall level
67.2 mm in 24 hours
Vilia, municipality Mandra-Eidyllia, West Attica - November 14 to November 15, 2017
Rainfall level
122.2 mm in 24 hours
Geraki, Laconia - November 14 to November 15, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Corfu - November 11 to November 13, 2017
Fatalities
21 people
West Attica - November 14 to November 20, 2017
Rescued
96 people
West Attica - November 14 to November 18, 2017
According to Greek Fire Service
Buildings damaged
955 buildings
West Attica - November 14 to November 21, 2017

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