[At least seven people have died after torrential rains caused flash flooding in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. The deluge comes on the heels of extreme heat over summer.]
At least seven people have died after heavy rains triggered major flooding in central Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.
The Greek fire department said a man was killed near the central town of Volos, which was particularly hard-hit by the rains.
The nearby mountain village of Pelion and the resort island of Skiathos were also badly affected.
Volos saw about 200 millimeters (about eight inches) of rain, while neighboring Zagora saw about 600 millimeters of rain, according to the National Meteorological Service.
“The amount of water that fell in 24 hours is the same as the usual rainfall for the whole of autumn,” Meteorologist Panagiotis Giannopoulos told public broadcaster ERT.
The damage from the storm is yet to be fully assessed.
A government spokesman Yannis Artopios told ERT that the basement of Volos hospital was flooded. Firefighters were “in the process of pumping out the water,” he said Tuesday.
From fires to flooding
The rains come on the heels of wildfires that took a toll on services earlier this summer.
Northeastern Greece was faced with a massive wildfire that destroyed vast tracts of forest and that only showed signs of easing earlier this week after burning for 17 days.
The wildfire, which broke out in the Evros region near the border with Turkey, has been blamed for the deaths of 20 people, all of whom are believed to have been migrants.
Heavy rains batter Turkey, Bulgaria
Meanwhile, two people died and four others were missing after a storm battered neighboring Turkey, officials said on Tuesday.
In Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, heavy rain flooded streets and homes in two neighborhoods.
Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said search teams had located two bodies and four other people were missing after flash floods swept over a campsite in northwestern Kirklareli province, near the border with Bulgaria.
He said about 12 vacationers were at the site when the waters hit.