Prosecutor Probes Rhodes Flood Deaths

The aftermath of deadly floods on Rhodes

An investigation has been directed on Rhodes in the aftermath of floods caused by heavy rains that killed four people to determine if there was any negligence for failing to clear brooks, bridge safety and adequate defenses against weather.

A prosecutor ordered the probe to determine what elements were involved that led to the death of the victims in flash flooding that also caused more than five million euros of damage.

There were reports that the government wasn’t adequately prepared for the storm and that it was made worse by creeks being blocked with debris and other trash.

The victims were identified as a 67-year-old man and his 54-year-old wife. A 27-year-old schoolteacher also drowned when her car was swept away. The body of a 50-year-old teacher has been missing since Nov. 22 when the storm hit the Dodecanese island.

The body of the 50-year-old teacher, Kostas Argiropoulos from Trikala, who was dragged by the torrent in Kremasti, was found later and identified by his brothers after it was found on the Turkish coast, rodiaki.gr reported.

According to the Coast Guard, his body was found by a fisherman. The investigation for his identification was made by the Coast Guard of Rhodes in cooperation with the Turkish Authorities.