Severe flash flooding in the Greek capital claimed at least 11 lives

Severe flash flooding in the Greek capital claimed at least 11 lives, officials say.

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It was the majority of them elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes as flash flooding caused by heavy rain for about a week hit three towns near Greek capital Athens.

There were at least 9 dead in Mandra, the hardest hit area. Two of them had been recovered on Wednesday and seven of them were recovered earlier in the day, according to the fire department.

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Mandra Mayor Yianna Krikouki said “everything is lost. The disaster is biblical”.

The downpour hit the western outskirts of the Greek capital after a serious overnight storm, flooding homes and institutions with deluges of mud and debris.

Schools in the areas of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara were shut down by the local authorities.

While some people are still missing, there have been at least 10 people taken to the hospital. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed his condolences.

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