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Three more bodies recovered, death toll in flash floods increased to 19

Three more bodies have been recovered in the floods of West Attica on Saturday morning increasing the number of dead into 19. Crews keep searching for missing persons.

The body of one man buried under tons of mud was found near the depot of the Municipality of Mandra at the Elfsina-Thebes highway, the Fire Service tweeted.

Media report that relatives of a missing person from the area called on the spot were not able to identify him as their beloved one. the body has not been fully recovered yet as there is a leak of propane gas.

An hour later, the bodies of two more men were found in the sea area off Elefsina by members of the Greek Coast Guard. The men were estimated to be 30 and 60 year sold.

Tragedy: the body of the 30-year-old man was immediately identified by his father who is working as security guard in the hospital where the body was taken for identification and autopsy, state broadcaster ERT reported.

It is not clear yet whether the bodies belong to the six persons that have been officially declared as missing.

The work of crews trying to locate people missing in the flash floods is slightly more easy on the fourth day of the disaster as the waters have been retrieved and tons of mud have already be removed.

Locals keep fighting against the tons of mud that have destroyed their households, their businesses, their lives.

Dozens of people and teams are trying to record the damages so that the flood-stricken locals can receive emergency funds and compensation.

There are efforts to compensate owners of more than 300 damaged cars and vehicles because they had reportedly no insurance for floods.

Meanwhile, cruise ship Celestyal Nefeli has docked at the port of Piraeus. The ship is to host people who became homeless in the floods. According to Maritime Ministry those with interest should  turn to local authorities and add their name son the list. The Ministry said that it has been in contract with the municipalities of Mandra, Elfesina and Megara on the issue.

However, many locals do not want to be away form their homes fearing looting.

Police arrested four Roma as they were trying to load a refrigerator from a damaged business into a truck on Thursday.

Greek police has increased patrols in the areas affected by the floods, no other incident has been recorded.

More on the flash floods in West Attica and floods in other areas and regions here.

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