Greece Floods Kill At Least One As Country Deals With Totally Severe Weather
Greece floods kill at least oneas the country deals with totally severe weather phenomenon. Torrential rains have inundated houses, shops, and roadways in Greece, killing at least one person after a wall fell due to the harsh weather.
In certain regions, a substantial volume of precipitation, measured in hundreds of millimeters, has been recorded within the past 24 hours. This occurrence can be attributed to the presence of a potent low-pressure system across the nation, resulting in severe and devastating flash floods.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, has said that the nation is experiencing a "totally extreme weather phenomenon" and has urged the populace to follow directions.
The precipitation in central Greece, as well as on the islands of Evia and the Sporades, exhibits a notably high intensity. As to the Greek fire department's report, a fatality occurred on Tuesday when an individual was fatally injured due to the collapse of a wall in the vicinity of Agios Georgios, situated near the city of Volos.
According to the fire department, an additional individual was reported as missing after his vehicle was swept away on the periphery of Volos. Traffic circulation has been forbidden by the police in Volos and its surrounding districts, as well as on the island of Skiathos. A portion of the Volos hospital has also experienced flooding.
While a search operation was going on, his son emerged, but the father had vanished.
In a statement, Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias urged residents to stay inside, describing the weather as "the most extreme in terms of the amount of rainfall within 24 hours since records have been kept in the country."
According to a fire brigade official, around 94 inmates were relocated to a secure location following the destruction caused by heavy rainfall to a section of their nursing facility in Volos.
National meteorological agencies in Southeast Europe officially named the storm Daniel, and it has been steadily moving southwestward over the nation.
Despite its primary manifestation in the Mediterranean Sea, the prevailing weather system is anticipated to persistently generate intense precipitation and consequential flooding in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean archipelagos throughout the forthcoming 24 to 48-hour timeframe.
The eastern-facing beaches are experiencing frequent spells of thunderstorms, and several provinces have issued red warnings for heavy rain and thunderstorms until Wednesday. As the storm advances into the Mediterranean Sea, there is a possibility of it acquiring characteristics resembling those of a tropical cyclone.
These meteorological phenomena, referred to as "medicanes," have the potential to induce adverse weather conditions in the Mediterranean Sea and coastal regions, akin to the impact of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic or typhoons in the Pacific.
The potential for intensification of the storm in the eastern Mediterranean over the next day or two may be attributed to elevated sea surface temperatures ranging from 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. The storm occurred at a time when Greece had successfully mitigated numerous wildfires that had caused extensive damage to various regions of the country in the preceding weeks.
Scientists agree that the types of extreme weather that Greece has seen this summer, from floods and fires to high heat, will only grow more regular and severe as people continue to use planet-warming fossil fuels.