Athens, Sep 28 (EFE). – Thousands of people who were trapped by the floods and floods caused by storm “Elias” in central Greece have been rescued in the last few hours, while dozens of towns have been evacuated due to the risk of floods.
The city of Volos, with 150,000 inhabitants, woke up completely flooded today, while in 80% of the city there is no electricity and there are also problems in the water supply.
Firefighters and members of the Army rescued more than 300 people who were trapped in this city from early Thursday morning until this morning, while the Police have prohibited the circulation of vehicles.
From yesterday, Wednesday, until this Thursday, some 4,000 people have been rescued and transferred to safe places in all areas affected by the storm, according to the Fire Department.
Damage to homes and the road network throughout the region of central Greece, which just three weeks ago had been hit by another storm, “Daniel”, is extensive.
Heavy rainfall also flooded villages in the regions of Trikala, Karditsa and Larisa (center), areas that had not yet recovered from the damage caused by “Daniel.”
The authorities ordered the evacuation of several towns during the night, before rivers and streams in the area overflowed and flooded dozens of towns.
Damage is also extensive on the island of Euboea, north of Athens, where heavy rainfall has caused landslides that have isolated towns in the western part.
In the town of Kimasi, an overflowing river has caused flash floods, forcing residents to climb to their terraces to safety, while damage to homes and the regional road network is extensive.
“Elias” also hit the Phthiotida region (center) and the north of the Peloponnese peninsula (southern), although in these regions the damage is minor.
Storm “Daniel” that hit Greece earlier this month left record high rainfall and caused flooding and floods that killed 17 people.
According to the National Meteorological Service (EMY), starting today the heavy rains will begin to subside.