Greece – Dozens Evacuated or Rescued After Floods in Western Greece Region

Dozens of people were rescued or evacuated after flooding in Western Greece on 14 July, 2019.

Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported that a storm bringing heavy rain swept through Achaia and Aetolia-Acarnania in western Greece overnight, 13 to 14 July, causing severe damage.

The Greek Fire Servicer reported that the overflowing Volinaios river caused flooding in Drepano in Achaea. Flood water and debris blocked roads and around 60 people were evacuated.

Flooding also affected Platanitis in Nafpaktia, Aetolia-Acarnania, prompting around 50 flood rescues including 20 people trapped in 8 vehicles in the Ionia Odos Klokova tunnel. Homes and shops have been damaged and roads closed in the area.

The flooding follows the severe storms where 7 people were killed and over 100 injured by violent winds in the north of the country. The Halkidiki Region remains in state of emergency, with many households and businesses still without power and water.