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Heavy rains follow summer wildfires in Greece, killing one person

Heavy rains follow summer wildfires in Greece, killing one person

ATHENS, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Torrential rains flooded homes and roads in Greece, and one man died after a wall collapsed due to bad weather, the fire brigade said on Tuesday.

Storm Daniel has battered western and central Greece since Monday, prompting hundreds of calls for emergency services to get water pumped just days after a deadly forest fire that has been raging for more than two weeks in the north of the country was brought under control.

“The man died after a wall collapsed near the city of Volos, possibly due to bad weather,” a fire department official told Reuters, without providing further details.

According to the Athens News Agency, the wall collapsed when the man, a cattle breeder, was trying to reach his animals.

Footage broadcast by state broadcaster ERT showed cars in the port city of Volos on the Pagasetic Gulf washed up on muddy beaches by torrential rains.

Fire brigade spokesman Ioannis Artopoaios told Skai TV that a man went missing in Volos after his car was swept away by the rainstorm.

“His son got out (of the car) but the father was taken away and a search is going on now,” Artopoios said.

Authorities restricted traffic in the wider Volos region.

Flash floods in Greece in 2017 killed 25 people and left hundreds homeless.

Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas; Editing by Angus McSwan

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