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Body of missing woman found at river bank a week after Ianos hit Greece

The body of a woman was recovered Thursday noon from the banks of river Pamissos, in the flood-stricken municipality of Mouzaki in Central Greece. The body was discovered by a fire service dog, a week after storm Ianos hit the area.  The body was reportedly covered by branches and trees near the bridge leading to the settlement of Magoulitsa.

The body was found half an hour after noon and recovered an hour later, the local fire service announced.

From the very first moment it was believed that the body belonged to the 43-year-old woman who had been missing since last Friday evening, when Medicane Ianos struck the area.

The car of the local pharmacist was found on the following day, on Saturday morning. The body was found 8 km away.

Fire fighters, rescuers, police officers and volunteers have been trying all these days to find the missing woman. Participating in the search operation were also some ten members of the woman’s family and friends.

The body was transferred to the nearest morgue.

The pharmacist was identified by a family member, late Thursday afternoon, state broadcaster ERT reported.

Medicane Ianos left behind four dead and extensive destruction in Central Greece, where people are still struggling against tons of mud, in an effort to save what can be saved from flooded home and businesses.

In the more rural areas, farmers are crying for the destroyed corps of cotton and corn short before the harvest and breeders just watch helpless hundreds of dead animals still under water.

The state aid comes slowly, and now municipalities in Athens are collecting food, water, bed sheets and towels for the thousands of people in Mouzaki and Karditsa.

According to head of Earthquake Protection and Planning Efthimios Lekkas, 85% of the city of Karditsa and 65% of the Thessaly Plan have been flooded.

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