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Flash floods on Crete leave at least one dead and cause airport ‘chaos’

After flash floods in Crete caused the car to be washed away, a man drowned and a lady went missing.

The man, 50 years old, was found in Agia Pelagia a seaside village. It is believed that he suffered the most severe damage from Saturday’s powerful storms.

Divers from the fire department’s special catastrophe unit and the coastguard were deployed to search for the woman missing. She is believed to be trapped in the car.

A number of cars were seen floating in the Agia Pelagia sea, which is located approximately 16 miles (25km), northwest of Heraklion (Iraklio), Crete’s capital. This was after rivers overflowed on Greece’s largest island.

Image Agia Pelagia’s waterfront after flash floods. Pic: AP
Image Search for rescue workers in Agia Pelagia. Pic: AP

Airport Shut down by Submerged Runways

Many roads are inundated and Heraklion international airport was closed because its runways were underwater.

Giorgos Pliakas, the airport manager, stated to a local news website that “no one can predict when flights will resume.”

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Social media footage shows large crowds waiting to hear about cancelled and delayed flights. Passengers describe the situation as chaotic and chaotic.

Fire crews are being flooded with calls to rescue people or to pump water from flood-damaged properties.

In Sithia, an eastern city, four people were trapped in two cars.

According to police, eight tourists and a guard couldn’t leave the archaeological museum.

A second woman was also found trapped in her car and was also rescued. There are growing concerns about the safety of others whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Image A popular tourist spot has been devastated by severe weather

Flood waters infiltrated homes in Chania’s western city, Chania, approximately 165 miles (265km).

A text message was sent to Lasithi residents on the eastern side warning them to stay home.

During the search operation, fire crews were almost submerged to their necks in water. Submerged vehicles were also seen along with floating debris such as a refrigerator.

Police in Crete advised motorists of the dangers posed by severe weather.


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