Flood death toll at 4 in Greek capital region

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Latest on flooding in Greece (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Greek authorities say a fourth person has died in flash flooding on the western outskirts of Athens, after an overnight storm converted roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, inundating roads, homes and businesses.

The fire department said the fourth person, a man, was found dead in the yard of a local business in the Mandra area.

The body of another man had also been found in the yard of another local business in Mandra, while earlier the bodies of a man and a woman had been found in their flooded homes in separate incidents in the same area.

Local residents stand next to a damaged road as a washed up vehicle is seen in the background following a powerful storm on the Greek island of Symi, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Authorities declared a state of emergency on the east Aegean Sea island after the storm caused extensive flooding, road damage, and power outages. (Argiris Madikos /Eurokinissi via AP)

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12:20 p.m.

Greek authorities say a third person has died in flash flooding on the western outskirts of Athens, after an overnight storm converted roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, inundating roads, homes and businesses.

The fire department said the third person, a man, was found dead in the yard of a local business in the Megara area. Earlier, another man and a woman were found dead in their flooded homes in two separate incidents.

Local authorities shut schools in the areas of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, while access was cut on parts of the Athens-Corinth highway leading through the area following an intense storm.

Firefighters also helped rescue passengers from a bus stranded by the floodwaters on a highway

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11:30 a.m.

Flash floods on the Greek capital’s western outskirts have converted roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, killing at least two people and inundating homes and businesses.

The fire department said Wednesday that one woman died in her flooded home in the Mandra area, while a man’s body was also recovered from another flooded home in the area. Firefighters received 340 calls for help to pump water from flooded buildings and rescue people trapped by the rising waters following a severe storm.

Local authorities shut schools in the areas of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, while access was cut on parts of the Athens-Corinth highway leading through the area following an intense storm.

Firefighters also helped rescue passengers from a bus stranded by the floodwaters on a highway.

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