Friday 26 December 2014

Two dead, one missing after storm

Published 23/11/2013 | 13:26

A rescue team searches for missing people on the island of Rhodes (AP)
A rescue team searches for missing people on the island of Rhodes (AP)
Hundreds of people were trapped in cars after a storm hit Rhodes on Friday evening (AP)

Two women have died and a man is missing after heavy rain struck the island of Rhodes in south-eastern Greece.

The storm hit the island on Friday evening and caused flooding, with hundreds of people trapped in cars, the island's fire brigade said.

A woman was found dead late on Friday while the body of a 27-year-old teacher was discovered on Saturday morning. Both apparently attempted to leave their stranded cars and were overcome by raging waters.

A helicopter and 10 members of the fire service's rescue squad have been sent to Rhodes to help find the missing 53-year-old man, authorities said.

According to Greece's meteorological service, there has been 173mm (about 6.8in) of rainfall, with the wet conditions continuing on Saturday.

Press Association

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