Just weeks after destructive fires devastated the Greek island of Euboea (Euboea), a storm front hit Sunday, inundating homes and tearing roads apart.
Dubbed Athena by Greek meteorologists, the storm caused “enormous damage” to the road network near the coastal villages of Agia Anna and Psaropouli, a regional official told state broadcaster ERT.
“Dozens of houses were flooded (…) torrents broke out (although) the rain only lasted a few hours. This is a sign of a very harsh winter to come,” he told the chain the deputy governor of central Greece for Evia George Kelaiditis. .
There were no immediate reports of people trapped in homes or cars, he added.
Forest fires in July and August ravaged the islands of Euboea and Rhodes as well as forests north and southeast of Athens and parts of the Peloponnese peninsula.
Hundreds of people had to be evacuated and three people died from the fires. Several others were injured, some seriously.
It took a huge international firefighting force from the EU and other countries to bring the blazes under control, but more than 100,000 hectares (250,000 acres) were lost.
The government blamed the disaster on the worst heat wave the country has seen in decades.