ATHENS - Torrential rains caused flooding in parts of southern Greece, just three days after storms triggered a state of emergency elsewhere in the region, authorities said.

Around 30 homes were flooded in the southern Peloponnese and several occupants had to be rescued by firemen. Three cars were swept away by torrents, while landslides halted road traffic in parts of the region.

On Tuesday parts of the Aegean islands, a tourist destination east of the Peloponnese, were struck by storms that flooded homes, hotels and businesses and forced many ships into port.

A state of emergency was declared in parts of the Aegean on Wednesday, when three British tourists were reported drowned on the islands of Rhodes and Crete as a result of the extreme weather.