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Emergency Declared on Symi

On Monday, November 13, a major storm, designated “Eurydice”, brought chaos to the Aegean island of Symi, which lies 19km northwest of the island of Rhodes.

Severe flash flooding resulted in extensive damage to properties and the island’s infrastructure, including sweeping a dozen cars into the sea in the port area and damage to the electricity generating station, which left the island without power.

Emergency services are engaged in removing storm debris as well as pumping flood water from businesses and private houses. Volunteers and equipment from the army and regional government had been drafted into the eastern Aegean island to help restore roads and other damage caused by Monday’s storm.

Divers from the Hellenic Coast Guard and the local fire department have been searching for anyone trapped inside the vehicles that were washed into the sea.

No deaths, or serious injuries have been reported.