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At least seven die in massive flood on Evia

Another person feared dead on Greek island after torrential rains cause massive floods

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At least seven people died and one person was still missing after a storm hit the Greek island of Evia early Sunday, causing massive floods and blocking exit roads.

According to Kathimerini Greece, seven people have been found dead after torrential rains caused flooding, with emergency responders still looking for one person who was still missing.

An 8-month-old baby as well as a 86-year-old man and his wife aged 85 were identified as having died when a flooded river tore through their homes

Another body recovered from the floods on Monday is believed to belong to a 70-year-old man who was still missing earlier in the morning, but details were not immediately made known.

On Sunday, hours after the flood hit, firefighters found the bodies of a 38-year-old woman and her husband aged 42 outside their home in the inland village of Amfithea.

Just before that, one of the missing persons, an elderly woman, was found at sea, holding on to a piece of furniture, and was rescued by helicopter.

Earlier on Sunday, an 8-month-old baby as well as a 86-year-old man and his wife aged 85 were identified as having died when a flooded river tore through their homes in the village of Politika, north of the city of Halkida, about 100 kilometers from Athens. According to the local mayor, the baby and its parents were on holiday in the area.

Additional media reported that some people on Sunday climbed to the rooftops of their homes, while others, caught by the sudden flood in the street, found refuge after climbing on olive trees.

Two yet unidentified victims were announced Sunday afternoon by Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was set to visit the flood-stricken areas on Monday.

 "I express my deep sorrow for our compatriots who lost their lives on Evia and I send my condolences to their families. I am being constantly briefed on the course of the rescue operations and the extent of the disaster and I will visit the stricken areas tomorrow," Mitsotakis said in a post on Twitter.

Latest reports said another river had burst in the area.

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