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Cyclone Ianos: Two useless as ‘medicane’ sweeps throughout Greece

media captionDrone footage exhibits the harm brought on by Cyclone Ianos

Three individuals have died and two stay lacking after a uncommon hurricane-like storm swept throughout Greece, flooding streets and houses and slicing energy.

A whole bunch of individuals turned trapped as Cyclone Ianos, generally known as a “medicane” (Mediterranean hurricane), hit areas north of Athens earlier than heading south.

Prepare companies linking the north and south of the nation had been lower off.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged that “all of the affected areas may have rapid help”.

Mr Mitsotakis has despatched three senior officers to the worst-hit central area.

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On Sunday, the physique of a person, a 62-year-old farmer, was discovered underneath the collapsed roof of his home in a village close to Karditsa, north of Athens, officers mentioned.

A flooded street in central Karditsa, Greece, 19 September 2020

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picture captionStreets had been flooded in central Karditsa, one of many worst-affected areas

One other man was discovered useless on his farm in the identical area on Saturday, whereas the physique of a girl was recovered from her flooded house in a close-by city, native media reported.

Two different persons are nonetheless lacking – one in all them is a girl was swept away in her automotive, which has since been discovered empty, firefighters mentioned.

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picture captionGiant components of Karditsa had been underneath water. Emergency companies mentioned they obtained greater than 2,000 requires assist

How highly effective was the storm?

As Ianos churned eastwards in a single day Friday and into Saturday, town of Karditsa was lashed by winds of as much as 120km/h (75mph) that introduced down energy traces and triggered landslides.

About 5,000 houses within the metropolis had been reportedly affected by flooding, whereas roads had been additionally broken.

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picture captionCorinth, within the Peloponnese, was additionally flooded
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picture captionRoads throughout central Greece had been flooded

TV pictures confirmed Karditsa badly flooded, with a bridge collapsed.

“We’re coping with a complete disaster,” mentioned Nikolaos Gousios, a resident of close by Farsala village.

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picture captionBoats moored in Kefalonia took a battering

By Saturday night, the storm had reached the island of Crete, bringing heavy rainfall that flooded streets and properties.

Footage on social media earlier confirmed enormous waves lashing the seashores on the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos because the storm headed in. Flights and ferry companies had been cancelled and vacationers had been suggested to remain indoors.

“I name on residents to stay vigilant for so long as this phenomenon lasts,” Mr Mitsotakis warned these in its path, including: “What takes priority now’s safety of life.”

A ship believed to be carrying 55 migrants off the western Peloponnese was additionally reported to be in misery on Friday. Nonetheless, the Greek coast guard instructed AFP information company that the boat could have modified course after receiving no assist.

Medicanes – tropical-like cyclones – have solely been categorised by meteorologists prior to now 40 years, in keeping with Kostas Lagouvardos, an knowledgeable on the Athens Observatory.

“Mediterranean cyclones or hurricanes have tropical traits like these within the Atlantic, however they typically have a smaller quantity and are much less intense,” he instructed AFP information company.

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