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Medicane shaken in Greece: villages cut off from the outside world - "catastrophe of biblical proportions"

2020-09-21T15:11:05.106Z

The medicane Ianos left traces of devastation in Greece. More than 600 people had to be brought to safety by rescue workers.



The medicane Ianos left traces of devastation in Greece.

More than 600 people had to be brought to safety by rescue workers.

  • A weather phenomenon is raging in

    Greece

    .

    A so-called 

    Medicane - 

    a kind of

    hurricane

    * in the Mediterranean Sea - has swept across the country.

  • The Medicane

    Ianos

    left a trail of

    devastation

    in many regions of the country

    .

  • The severe

    storms

    * claimed at least

    three lives

    and one woman is still missing.

Munich / Athens - The

Medicane Ianos

has

left a trail of devastation

in

Greece

.

The storms last weekend left at

least

three dead

.

Cars were

partially washed away

by the

heavy rains

.

The fire department said that

more than 600 people

by rescue workers from their homes

exempted

or otherwise

rescued

had to be.

Medicane Ianos: Greek media report "catastrophe of biblical proportions"

The Medicane

Ianos

in the west and another storm

low

over the

North Aegean

caused

severe damage

in large parts of

Greece

on Friday and Saturday

.

Greek media reported on Monday on the western Greek island of

Kefalonia

of a "catastrophe of biblical proportions".

The pictures showed

cars

buried

by stone avalanches

,

broken roads

,

fallen trees

and electricity pylons, and

sunken boats

in ports.

In many places the

streets were under water

.

A rare Hurricane like Storm known as a 'medicane' battered islands in western #Greece, bringing flooding and power cuts to the islands of Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca.

The storm named #Ianos wiped away a beach (seen on the video) on #Kefalonia Island.

pic.twitter.com/ygdSngLPxw

- Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) September 18, 2020

Storm in Greece: Medicane also devastates vacation islands

On Friday afternoon, Greece's north-south rail link between

Athens

and

Thessaloniki

even had to be

closed

due to a

flood

, as the state broadcaster (ERT) reported.

In many regions of

western Greece there

was also a power cut.

The

schools

were also partially closed there.

The

ferry connections

to the islands of

Kefalonia

,

Zakynthos

and

Ithaca

were interrupted.

A campsite on the holiday island of

Kefalonia

even had to be evacuated.

Time and again, emergency services had to move out to free people from their

flooded houses

.

More than 5,000 homes are

reported to have

been flooded.

A

medicane

as

Ianos

is a storm that may form near the end of the summer in the Mediterranean, when the

water

there still

high temperatures

has.

In

recent years,

Greece

has been hit by

storms

and

heavy rain

,

and

injuries

and

deaths

are often

to be mourned.

This time, too, the

storm claimed

at least three lives, and one woman is still missing.

Medicane Ianos: Those affected report on their experiences with the storm

An

86-year-old woman

from the badly affected city of

Karditsa

in Thessaly told the Greek TV station Skai: "We used to have storms, but never as violent." She was up to her waist in the

water

.

Another

older man

fought back tears in an interview on the state radio: “I'm going to see if I can still save something.

The basement is full of water.

Everything I own is in my house. "

👇Flooding scenes in # Greece's western city of Karditsa as Cyclone #Ianos, known as a #Medicane "(a hurricane-like Mediterranean storm), continues to batter parts of the country. It's expected to ease away by Monday. Pic.twitter. com / RY0Y3Ko2x0

- BBC Weather (@bbcweather) September 19, 2020

A

supplier also

reported on his experiences on the

road

: “It's hell.

Cars have been washed away, floods everywhere.

I set out in Trikala and barely got through. "According to the Skai TV station, some houses and villages are still locked because

earth masses

or

water currents are

preventing access.

As early as August there was

severe

flooding

on the Greek island of 

Evia

after a violent

storm

.

At

least six tourists died in

severe storms and hailstorms in

Greece

in 2019.

(ph) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital editorial network

List of rubric lists: © picture alliance / Nikiforos Stamenis / AP / dpa

Source: merkur

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