Greece – 3 Missing in ‘Storm Zorba’ Floods

Three people were reported missing in Greece on Sunday 30 September, after strong winds, heavy rain and flash flooding in several parts of the country.

Damage from Medicane Zorba in Greece, September 2018. Photo: Greece Civil Protection

The severe weather was a result of Storm Zorba, a powerful tropical-like cyclone referred to as a Mediterranean hurricane or ‘Medicane’. Some areas recorded around 140 mm of rain in 24 hours on 29 September.

Civil Protection in Greece said that flooding in Mantoudi on the island of Evia (Euboea) had caused major problems and 3 people were reported missing. Search and rescue operations are being carried out.

A state of emergency was declared for parts of Evia and Phthiotis regional units of Central Greece. Parts of Corinthia and Argolida in the Peloponnese region were also badly affected, according to Civil Protection.

Firefighters received almost 2,000 calls for assistance to help evacuate people trapped in cars and flooded homes and to remove downed trees and other debris.

Parts of Turkey have also seen very heavy rain over the last 24 hours. Some flooding was reported on 30 September in Sakarya Province in the Marmara region, and Beykoz, a district of Istanbul.

Heavy rain associated with Zorba had already caused flooding in parts of Libya from 26 to 27 September, 2018. Some of the worst flooding was seen in the capital, Tripoli, where streets were inundated causing major traffic problems.

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