A 65-year-old man was found dead after his car was swept away on Friday by a swollen stream during a downpour in Ilia, in the southern Peloponnese. His body was found by rescuers, about 300 meters from the car.
According to a local news site ilialive, the victim, a retired teacher from the village of Lygia Vartolomio, tried to cross a bridge over a small stream in the neighboring village of Vrana. However, due to heavy rains, the water flow was so strong that the car was carried downstream, after which it got stuck in a narrow part of the stream about 200 meters from the road. Rescuers handed the body to the morgue, while municipal heavy equipment teams tried to haul the car out.
On Friday, bad weather hit Ilia Prefecture, flooding vast areas, including agricultural land, and forcing the Patras-Pyrgos highway to be closed for four hours due to a river flood.
The pupils of the Bartholomio school had to be evacuated … with a tractor, as the downpour flooded the courtyard and the roads, and the parents could not reach it to take their children home.
According to the latest information ilialive, the Vagia River is about to overflow its banks, and the local authorities of Andravida-Kyllini have warned about the possible evacuation of residents by the river.
The cyclone that hit Greece on Friday caused significant damage to the island of Zakynthos.
A landslide occurred in the Kryoneri area. In the island’s capital, the wind blew the roof of Second High School and hit a car parked nearby.