Five people have been found dead, and 2 are missing, after a storm hit the island of Evia early Sunday, authorities say.
Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias gave the updated number of victims early in the afternoon from Evia, adding that the most recent two victims had not been identified yet.
Earlier Sunday, an 86-year-old man and his wife, 85, as well as an 8-month-old baby, were identified as having died when a flooded river tore through their homes in the village of Politika, north of the city of Halkida, about 100 kilometers from Athens.
According to the local mayor, the baby and its parenbts were on holiday in the area.
According to the fire service, they have responded to 495 calls, of which 47 concerned people trapped in their homes and cars. Eight of the 47 were evacuated by helicopter. The rest were calls to drain flooded homes. Some people have climbed to the rooftops of their homes, whileothers, caught by the sudden flood in the street, have climbed up olive trees.
When the storm first broke out around midnight, the fire service had to respond to about 50 fires caused by lightning.
The worst of the flooding is now to be found south of Halkida, in the areas of Bourtzi and Lefkanti, wherre a second river has burst its banks. Road connections to the island are cut and the only way to reach Evia is by a ferry departing from Oropos, north of Athens.