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Greek floods: Austrian honeymooners go missing as their vacation house is washed away

The pair and numerous other missing persons are being sought by emergency authorities, according to the BBC.

People in central Greece were stuck on their roofs when floods submerged entire communities.

Since Storm Daniel slammed Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria this week, more than a dozen people have perished.

According to Thanasis Samaras, the owner of the facility, the Austrian couple chose to take refuge inside the cottage they had leased for their honeymoon as torrential rain swept central Greece.

However, the home in Potistika, near Mount Pelion, was swept into the sea by flash floods, he told the BBC.

He and the other guests had gone to higher ground and recommended the newlyweds to do the same.

“The situation was dire. “It’s difficult to know what to do in that situation,” Mr Samaras remarked.

He went on to say that the pair, from the Austrian city of Graz, had married shortly after coming on vacation.

The Greek fire department claimed it has a crew hunting for missing persons in the vicinity, including the newlyweds.

Some Greek districts have gotten up to 800mm (31.5 inches) of rain in recent days, which is more than the average for the entire year.

The Karditsa plain in central Greece was characterized as a lake, with communities near Palamas drowning under water.

Giorgos Sakellariou, the mayor of Palamas, issued a desperate call for aid on Greek television, stating people were trapped in their houses and in imminent danger.

“The situation in Palamas is tragic,” he said, according to Skai TV. “People are confined to their homes. There will be drownings.”

Greece’s damaged locations are depicted on a map.
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Rescue attempts have been delayed since multiple bridges in the area have fallen and roads have been severely damaged.

Footage shows firefighter helicopters airlifting people trapped in the flood and on roofs as part of a massive effort by the emergency services and army to access isolated areas.

The severe weather also affected Athens and the island of Skiathos, where hundreds of tourists are still stuck, as well as coastal towns near Volos and Pelion.

Volos has been without power and running water for the third day. According to ERT, the city government opted to transport water from swimming pools to one of the city’s hospitals so that dialysis and chemotherapy treatments could continue.

As the crisis worsened, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis canceled a major government event scheduled for the weekend. Instead, he intends to visit the impacted districts.

Storm Daniel has been pounding Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria since Monday, killing at least a dozen people, four of whom were in Greece.

Climate experts have warned that global warming will cause more water to evaporate throughout the summer, resulting in more powerful storms.

For the most of the summer, Greece has been battling terrible wildfires. This includes the EU’s worst attack on record, which killed at least 20 people last month.


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