Fire Brigade's operations to rescue those trapped by the floods on Evia continue on Sunday while the whole mechanism is on alert as according to the Meteorological Service the adverse weather phenomena are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon.
The fire brigade announced that has already rescued 35 people who have been transferred to a safe place.
A total of 31 fire engines with an 83-member crew, a group of firemen on foot, 3 rescue vessels are operating in the flooded areas along with two helicopters and air rescuers. The Coast Guard participates in the operation with one vessel and a helicopter and the local administration with trucks and construction vehicles.
Five persons died in the floods that struck the island of Evia while two others are missing, announced Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias after a meeting on Sunday at the town hall of Vasiliko. Among the victims are an 8-month-old infant and an elderly couple in the village of Politika while two other persons died in their attempt to escape the flood.
"It is a difficult day after a difficult night" Hardalias said
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit on Monday the flood-stricken areas on Evia. In a post on his twitter account the prime minister said "I express my deep sorrow for my compatriots that lost their lives on Evia and I send my condolences to their families. I am being constantly briefed on the course of the rescue operations and on the extent of the disaster and tomorrow I will visit the stricken areas".