Torrential rains, among other things, cause dams to collapse in Greece: people and dogs are stuck on their roofs, and the country’s main highway is closed | outside

A record amount of rain has fallen in Greece in recent days, causing severe flooding. Heavy rain led to heartbreaking scenes in the Greek municipality of Palamas, among other places. The streets there were flooded due to the collapse of the dam, and people and dogs were trapped on their rooftops. Mayor Jorge Sacilario has already called in the army to ask for help. Residents are at risk of flooding their homes.

look. People and dogs are trapped on their rooftops due to heavy rain

Rescue operations are still underway, but bad weather conditions prevent helicopters from taking off. In Pelion, 150 people were trapped for three days without water, food or electricity.


The main highway is blocked

Elsewhere, too, the damage is massive. The country’s main highway, between the capital Athens and north of Thessaloniki (Greece’s second city), has been closed since Wednesday evening due to the storm. The main highway cannot be used for about 200 km. Trains no longer run between the two cities. Greek police also closed other roads.

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And in the Greek mountainous region of Magnesia, in the region of Thessaly, between 600 and 800 mm of rain fell in 24 hours. This has never happened in recent decades, Dimitris Ziacopoulos, a meteorologist, told a news conference in Athens. “It is an exceptional situation,” added Vassilis Kikilias, Minister of the Climate Crisis. “The intensity and duration of this phenomenon is also unprecedented.”

Floods and mud sweep the city of Larissa in the Thessaly region.
Floods and mud sweep the city of Larissa in the Thessaly region. © ap

The Great Low Plain of Thessaly, Greece’s “breadbasket”, is now submerged. Infrastructure has been severely damaged: in many villages and large parts of the cities of Volos, Larissa and Karditsa, there is no electricity or water.

Difficult evacuations

“We have not seen anything like this yet. Only at night we had to go out 5,000 times to help people,” fire brigade spokesman Giorgos Artobios told Greek radio. Many people have been taken to safety in inflatable boats. Those still trapped in their home are advised to visit The upper floors, residents are being systematically evacuated, but access to them is very difficult, according to the Greek fire brigade, and in some places the water in the area is up to two meters high.

Firefighters rescue people in a flooded area in Larissa.
Firefighters rescue people in a flooded area in Larissa. © Reuters

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army

Due to the dire situation in the storm-ravaged central regions, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis ordered the deployment of the army. And also a brigade of marines stationed near the port city of Volos, which is completely covered with mud. Mitsotakis will visit the hard-hit city of Thessaly this weekend.

A crisis cell was formed in Larissa, the capital of Thessaly. According to a government spokesperson, the clear priority at the moment is to rescue people in the area, which has been almost completely flooded.

A man stands on the roof of his flooded house in Volos.
A man stands on the roof of his flooded house in Volos. © ap

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It also rained all night in Athens. Streets were flooded and several metro stations were closed. However, there is no serious damage in the capital. And there is hope: By Thursday evening, the rain will stop. Only then will the full picture of the damage to Greece as a result of Storm Daniel become clear. It could run into the billions. It seems that citizens who have lost their property will receive support from the Greek state.

People fighting mud at a bar in Melina.
People fighting mud at a bar in Melina. © ap

Three dead

According to official figures, three people have been killed in the storms in Greece so far. There are also many missing. Neighboring countries Türkiye and Bulgaria have already lost their lives in the storm. The region had previously suffered from a heat wave.

Destroyed bridge at Cala Nera.
Destroyed bridge at Cala Nera. © Reuters

Floods in Volos, central Greece.
Floods in Volos, central Greece. © ANP/EPA

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Broken sun loungers and umbrellas after flood waters are returned to the sea at Cala Nera.
Broken sun loungers and umbrellas after flood waters are returned to the sea at Cala Nera. © Reuters

A road half destroyed by floods in Volos, central Greece.
A road half destroyed by floods in Volos, central Greece. © AFP

Broken bowls after flooding in a pottery workshop in the village of Malakio, near Volos.
Broken bowls after flooding in a pottery workshop in the village of Malakio, near Volos. © Reuters

A woman looks at damage caused by mud in Agria, central Greece.
A woman looks at damage caused by mud in Agria, central Greece. © Reuters

Damage to a cafe in the village of Nea Lefki, central Greece.
Damage to a cafe in the village of Nea Lefki, central Greece. © ap

Damage in Melina, central Greece.
Damage in Melina, central Greece. © Reuters

Towed cars are piled on top of each other in Melina.
Towed cars are piled on top of each other in Melina. © ap

A woman inspects the damage to her guest house in Platanias, central Greece.
A woman inspects the damage to her guest house in Platanias, central Greece. © Reuters

Bus half submerged in Platanias.
Bus half submerged in Platanias. © Reuters

Melina struggles through the mud.
Melina struggles through the mud. © Reuters

Milena's car half submerged.
Milena’s car half submerged. © ap

Partial road collapse in Ano Meria village near Volos.
Partial road collapse in Ano Meria village near Volos. © Reuters

Floods in Larissa
Floods in Larissa © ap

Flood waters mix with the sea in Agria.
Flood waters mix with the sea in Agria. © Reuters

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