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Extensive Flooding Caused by Continued Rains in Northeastern Greece

February 1, 2021

ALENANDROUPOLIS — Roads turned into rivers in settlements around the city of Alexandroupolis on Monday due to continued heavy rains that started on Sunday night, causing several problems throughout the municipality.

The municipal authority told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency that teachers and students were currently trapped within the Antheia lower secondary school, where they were safe but unable to safely return home due to the volume of water on the roads and continued rain. Students in lyceums in Alexandropoulis are also unable to return to their neighbourhoods until the roads were deemed safe for use by cars, while many roads are impassable due to the high level of the water.

Acute problems have also been reported in the Soufli municipality, with damage to homes and businesses, while the situation is considered manageable in Didymotichos and Orestiada.

Earlier today, a firefighter swept away by floodwater during Alexandroupolis rescue operation, found dead.

Rain and southerly winds are forecast for Tuesday in Greece. Wind velocity will reach 8 on the Beaufort scale. Clouds and rain with temperatures ranging from 04C to 16C in the northern parts of the country. Clouds and scattered showers in the western parts of the country and temperatures between 10C and 16C.

Clouds and scattered showers in the afternoon in the eastern parts, 06C-17C. Clouds and local showers in the Aegean islands and Crete, 13C-18C. Clouds in Athens, temperatures ranging between 11C-17C. Clouds and possible rain in Thessaloniki, 07C-16C.

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