At least 14 dead after ‘Biblical’ flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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Cars were flipped over in the torrent
Greece has declared a day of national mourning after flash floods left at least 14 people dead.

Roads turned into raging torrents of mud and debris, with drivers scrambling out as their cars were washed away.

Many of the dead were elderly people found inside their homes.

'Everything is lost. The disaster is biblical,' Mandra Mayor Yianna Krikouki told state broadcaster ERT.




At least 14 dead after ‘Biblical’ flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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Red cross personel and firemen carry an elderly man to the ambulance
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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Destroyed cars in a mud covered flooded road in the centre of Mandra, western Attica
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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A man walks on a flooded street in the municipality of Mandra
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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People inspect destroyed cars in a mud covered flooded road in the centre of Mandra
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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Damaged boats are moored at a harbour in Nea Peramos, south-west of Athens
Torrential rain is expected to continue on Thursday with the risk of further damage.

'This is a very difficult moment for our country. We mourn the deaths of 14 people in what is a great disaster. ... It is the wish of all of us that this number does not increase,' Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address.

Twelve of the people killed - four women and eight men - were found in or near Mandra, a small town on the western outskirts of Athens that was hardest-hit by the flood.

The coast guard recovered the bodies of two more men believed to have been swept out to sea by the flood.
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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A damaged car is stuck at the entrance of a house, in a flooded street of Mandra
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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A woman stands in front of piled vehicles in the municipality of Mandra western Athens
Floodwater carrying debris charged toward the coast, sinking fishing boats in a small harbor. Several people were being treated in a hospital for various injuries, including hypothermia.

There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens.


The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings.
At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
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Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens
Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens (Picture: Getty)

Several walls from yards and low buildings collapsed, filling the streets with rubble.

The fire department said it had received more than 600 calls for help pumping water out of buildings and had rescued 86 people trapped in vehicles and homes.

It said it had deployed 190 firefighters with 55 vehicles. All fire services across the wider Athens area had been put on alert as more bad weather was forecast.