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 meteo.gr 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.

Flood Summary

Last updated: March 5, 2019
Event
Crete, Greece, February 2019
Date
February 17 to February 19, 2019
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Flash floods affected parts of Crete, Greece from 17 February after heavy rain. Emergency services reported 4 people missing after their vehicle was swept away by flood waters from an overflowing river. Four bodies were later found by search teams.

Locations

A - Crete
B - Kissamos - Rainfall level 75 mm in 24 hours
C - Souda - Rainfall level 66.1 mm in 24 hours
D - Souda - Rainfall level 85 mm in 24 hours
E - Kastelli - Rainfall level 74.5 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
75 mm in 24 hours
Kissamos - February 17 to February 18, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
66.1 mm in 24 hours
Souda - February 13 to February 13, 2019
Hellenic National Meteorological Service Figures
Rainfall level
85 mm in 24 hours
Souda - February 14 to March 14, 2019
Hellenic National Meteorological Service Figures
Rainfall level
74.5 mm in 24 hours
Kastelli - February 17 to February 17, 2019
Hellenic National Meteorological Service Figures

Damages

Fatalities
4 people
Crete - February 17 to February 18, 2019
Media reports said the incident occurred in Faistos, Heraklion Regional Unit, Crete