One dead, two missing while Crete hit by severe floods

Rescuers carry out a search along the beach of the popular resort of Agia Pelagia, on the southern Greek island of Crete, following flash floods caused by torrential rain, on 15 October 2022.

A man was found dead and two people went missing Saturday after torrential rain caused severe flooding on the Greek island of Crete, rescuers said.

The victim, a man in his fifties, was trapped in his car as rains began to fall on the southern Greek island, a popular holiday destination.

Local media reported extensive damage in seaside villages, where roads became rivers taking everything in their path.

According to the emergency services, a woman was slightly injured when she too was trapped in a car.

At least nine vehicles surrounded by water have yet to be rescued. Emergency services received over 450 calls within an hour on Friday morning when the extent of the problem became clear.

Eight tourists and a security guard were also stranded in the Archaeological Museum in the coastal town of Sitia.

All the gorges on the island, popular excursion destinations for tourists, have been closed to the public until further notice.

The mayor of Sitia told the Skai TV channel: “The situation was out of control and the (meteorological) phenomena in the region were exceptional.”

Scientists say human-induced climate change is amplifying extreme climate, including floods, heat waves and droughts seen in different parts of the planet, and they say these events will become more frequent and more intense.

Cars are washed away by floods on the beach of the popular resort of Agia Pelagia on the southern Greek island of Crete, follo

Cars are washed away by floods on the beach of the popular resort of Agia Pelagia on the island of Crete in southern Greece following flash floods on October 15, 2022.

A senior official from the Heraklion region, Nikos Syrigonakis, urged residents to restrict their movements.

“This is a difficult day,” he added.

The Civil Protection Department has mobilized and asked all citizens to be vigilant in Crete and the surrounding islands of Rhodes, Karpathos, Kastellorizo ​​and Kasos.


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