Flash floods in Greece leave 15 dead

A man helping evacuate a woman from a flooded street in Mandra, north-west of Athens, yesterday after heavy rain left 15 people dead. On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a day of national mourning. "This is a very difficult t
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A man helping evacuate a woman from a flooded street in Mandra, north-west of Athens, yesterday after heavy rain left 15 people dead. On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a day of national mourning. "This is a very difficult time for Greece," he said in a statement. "All the necessary measures are being taken to tackle the extreme weather conditions." Military facilities and other public venues will be made available to those left homeless by the floods, he added. According to Greek media, most of the 17 reported injured were suffering from hypothermia. Several of the dead were found in flooded homes and Greek Coast Guard officers also recovered the bodies of victims who were swept out to sea by the floods, reported The New York Times.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2017, with the headline 'Flash floods in Greece leave 15 dead'. Print Edition | Subscribe