Greece – Floods in Central and Western Areas Leave 1 Dead

Parts of Greece recorded heavy rain during a series of storms that began late Saturday 26 November, 2016. The heavy rain has also affected northwestern Turkey, in particular Çanakkale province.


The Fire Service in Greece reported that one man died in floods on the island of Zakynthos (Zante), part of the Ionian Islands in western Greece. Flooding has left homes damaged, schools closed and traffic disrupted throughout the island.

Flooding also affected parts of Attica, including the country’s capital city Athens, where several underground stations and roads have been closed.

A further storm on Monday 28 November brought yet more heavy rain and local media report that some areas of Zakynthos have recorded over 200 mm rain since Sunday.

Fire service officials said that they received 470 calls (390 in Attica, 80 in Zakynthos) for assistance in a 16 hour period on Sunday, mostly with requests for pumping flood water, rescuing stranded drivers and evacuating people to safer locations.

At least four flood rescues were carried out by emergency crews in Attica and 16 flood rescues in Zakynthos after people were trapped in their vehicles on flooded roads.

The man found drowned on Zakynthos had been missing for several hours. His body was found in the Vanato area of Zakynthos.

On Tuesday, parts of the North Aegean region also saw heavy rain causing some damage to homes and disruption to traffic on the island of Lesbos.

Rainfall, 24 hour Period

27 to 28 November 2016 (figures approx.).

  • Mytilini Airport – 111.0 mm
  • Zakynthos – 66.0 mm
  • Andravida Airport – 64.0 mm

26 to 27 November 2016 (figures approx.).

  • Zakynthos – 87 mm

25 to 26 November 2016 (figures approx.).

  • Zakynthos – 35.0 mm

Weather Warnings

Orange levels warnings for severe thunderstorms have been issued for Tuesday, 29 November, for the following areas:

  • Dodekanisa Islands
  • East Peloponnisos
  • Ionion Islands
  • Kriti
  • Kyklades
  • North East Aegean Islands
  • West Peloponnisos

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The storms also affected parts of neighbouring Turkey. As much as 91.2 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hour in Çanakkale city, northwestern Turkey, between 27 and 28 November.

Areas of the wider Çanakkale province also recorded heavy rain, according to Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology (Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü – MGM). Lapseki recorded 60.9 mm, Gökçeada 48.6 mm and Gelibolu 32.8 mm.

Local media report that flooding blocked roads and damaged homes Çanakkale province.

MGM warned that further heavy rain was expected in Çanakkale and Balıkesir provinces.

Flood Summary

Last updated: December 12, 2016
Central and Western Greece, November 2016
November 26 to November 29, 2016
River flood
Long-term rainfall


A - Zakynthos
B - Attica


Rainfall level
66 mm in 24 hours
Zakynthos - November 27 to November 28, 2016
Rainfall level
110 mm in 24 hours
Mytilini Airport - November 27 to November 28, 2016
Rainfall level
87 mm in 24 hours
Zakynthos - November 26 to November 27, 2016


1 person
Vanato, Zakynthos - November 26 to November 30, 2016
4 people
Attica - November 26 to November 30, 2016
16 people
Zakynthos - November 26 to November 30, 2016