5 dead, dozens stranded after torrential rains hit Greece’s Evia island

At least five people were killed and two missing after storms hit the Greek island of Evia.

An 86-year-old man and his wife, 85, as well as an 8-month-old baby 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. Two other victims need to be identified yet.

The local mayor claimed the baby and its parents were on a holiday when floods hit.

Dozens of people have been evacuated from affected areas, and rescue workers used bulldozers to lift some stranded residents to safety.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his “profound pain for the loss of lives”.

According to the fire services, 47 people were stranded in their homes or cars. Many people have climbed to the roof tops of their homes.

After Sunday midnight close to 50 incidents of fire were reported due to lightning.

The worst of the floods have hit areas of Bourtzi and Lefkanti, where a river burst its banks.