Athens and Antalya Inundated as Floods Strike in Southern Europe

After the storm surge in northern Europe, then flooding and storms in Slovenia, Czech Republic and parts of the Balkans, the severe weather thought to be caused by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalez, moved to parts of southern Europe on Friday 24 October 2014.

Athens, Greece

Athens in Greece was left knee-deep in water after torrential rain caused flooding in central and western parts of the city. Local media say as much as 14 cm of rain fell in just 90 minutes on Friday. Emergency services received over 600 calls as hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated. The worst affected areas were Peristeri, Ilion, Perama, Menidi, Aegaleo, Aghioi Anargoiroi, Nikaia, Piraeus and Kamatero.

Hundreds of vehicles across the city were said to have been dragged away by flood water. In the suburb of Peristeri, the flooding was so severe that parked cars were dragged along on the torrent, ending in a pile up of around 30 vehicles.

A full assessment of the flood damage is expected to be completed later today, although it is understood there have been no casualties.

The severity of the flooding has prompted the Greek government to look into flood defences around the capital. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has also announced compensation for those affected by the Athens floods.

Antalya, Turkey

Heavy rain also inundated the southern Turkish province of Antalya, according to CIHAN, the Turkish news agency.

The city of Manavgat was the worst affected by flash floods, which struck early on 25 October 2014. The heavy rain also increased levels of the Manavgat river which overflowed in some areas, which could mean more prolonged flooding in the district.

Rainfall Figures

According to WMO, in the 24 hour period between 25 and 26 October, Alanya in Antalya Province received 59 mm of rain and the city of Antalya 93.4 mm of rain.

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