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Thassos, Olympiada in Halkidiki in “state of emergency” after torrential rains

“State of Emergency” has been declared for the island of Thassos and the Municipality of Olympiada in Halkidiki after torrential rainfalls hi northern Greece in the last 36 hours.

The rainfalls caused enormous damages on the island of Thassos, people’s lives were at risk.

The main stream of Potamia overflowed and the water rushed uncontrolled in every direction, sweeping away whatever was on it way.

Video: Rushing waters in Panagia

Locals were trapped in their homes and could only be evacuated and brought to safety with the help of the Fire Service.

Two families were forced to abandon their homes as the water flooded them and its height was dangerously increasing.

The Fire Service evacuated two elderly from their home in Theologos and one woman in Potamia.

Roads, homes, shops, hotels and businesses remained flooded on Saturday as municipality workers and firefighters race against time, as another bad weather front with heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms is expected as on Sunday evening.

The Greek Army has deployed digging vehicles to assist local authorities.

Several areas are without electricity as the waters damaged power columns.

Locals told media that they have never seen so much water pouring from the sky.

State of Emergency has been declared also for the municipality of Olympiada in Halkidiki.

The new barometric low is forecast to hit the area as well.

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