MANDRA, Greece: Greece declared a day of national mourning after floods on the outskirts of Athens left at least 14 dead Wednesday, flipping over cars, smashing into homes and cutting off highway traffic.
The flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris inundated houses and businesses. Drivers scrambled out of their vehicles as cars were washed away. Rescue crews searched basement homes for residents who may have been trapped.
More torrential rain is expected Thursday.
“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, announcing a day of national mourning Thursday.
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.
Floodwater carrying debris charged toward the coast, sinking fishing boats in a small harbour Several people were being treated in a hospital for various injuries, including hypothermia.