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Deadly floods hit Greece

An ancient statue is partly submerged under water at an archaeological site, following flash floods which hit the area, at the village of Dion, Greece, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Six people were reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 19 people dead.

All search and rescue operations were being conducted in the Mandra area on the western outskirts of the Greek capital, where Nov. 15  flooding turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, slamming cars into buildings and submerging sections of a highway.

The flood, which followed an overnight storm, caused widespread destruction in Mandra and nearby areas, where authorities said about 500 homes and businesses had been damaged.

The disaster was among the worst to have hit the Greek capital in decades, and the government declared Thursday, Nov. 16  a day of national mourning. (AP)

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