Fifteen people are confirmed dead following heavy rainfall that caused flash flooding in the western outskirts of Greece’s capital city of Athens.
The town of Mandra was the hardest hit, where 12 of the confirmed dead were found in their flooded homes while 2 bodies were plucked from the sea.
Emergency call centers received dozens of distressed phone calls from people trapped in cars and buildings while a bus carrying more than two dozen people was caught in the flow of water and people inside had to be rescued.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared a day of national mourning for the lives lost.“This is a very difficult time for Greece,” he said in a statement. “All the necessary measures are being taken to tackle the extreme weather conditions across the country.”