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3 Died and 2 were Missing after Medicane, a Rare Hurricane Hit Island of Crete in Greece


Three people have died and two remain missing after a rare Cyclone Ianos, or medicane, is headed south towards the island of Crete, in Greece, left the streets and homes of  area flooded and power cut.

" I call on citizens to remain vigilant for as long as this phenomenon lasts,” the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said in a tweet expressing condolences for those who had lost their lives. “What takes precedence now is protection of life. All the affected areas will have immediate support.” 

On Sunday, the body of a man, a 62-year-old farmer, was found under the roof of his house in a village near Karditsa, north of Athens, officials said. Another man was found dead on his farm in the same region on Saturday, while the body of a woman was recovered from her flooded home in a nearby town, local media reported.

Two other people are still missing - one of them is a woman was swept away in her car, which has since been found empty, firefighters said

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged that "all the affected areas will have immediate support".

Mr Mitsotakis has sent three senior officials to the worst-hit central region.

The heavy rainfall on Saturday turned Karditsa, in one of Greece's biggest plains, into a lake. A river flooded its banks and damaged roads and a medical centre in the town of Mouzaki.

Train services linking the north and south of the country were cut off. Electricity workers were still struggling to restore power in the popular Ionian isles of Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Ithaca and Lefkada.

From the western Peloponnese and Ionian isles, where widespread flooding and power cuts spurred the government to declare a state of emergency on Friday, the storm swept through central Thessaly, uprooting trees, downing bridges and blocking roads. An estimated 5,000 properties were said to have been flooded in the city of Karditsa alone.

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