Greece – 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Crete

Heavy rain and floods on the Greek island of Crete have left 4 people missing.

According to WMO figures, 75mm of rain fell in Kissamos in 24 hours to Sunday 17 February. Local weather site reported that heavy rain had affected the island over the last few days.  Some areas recorded around 400mm of rain between 12 and 17 February, including Sempronas (461 mm) and Askifou (434mm).

Greek national news agency AMNA reported that 4 people went missing after their vehicle was swept away by the flood waters of the overflowing Geropotamos river in Heraklion regional unit. A search operation, including members of the fire service and a helicopter, is still underway.

Another vehicle was also caught up in flood water on the island. Teams from the fire service were able to rescue the driver.