Some 2,000 hectares of Greek farmland submerged by flooding [Video]

Authorities in much of northern Greece remained on standby on Monday night after heavy rainfall caused serious flooding, particularly in the region of Evros and across much of the prefecture of Thessaloniki.

Some 2,000 hectares of farmland in Evros had been submerged by late Monday, according to initial estimates, while the extent of flood damage to homes and businesses remained unclear.

There was serious damage too in Halkidona, western Thessaloniki, where several houses were flooded, prompting some frightened residents to climb onto the roofs of their homes.

Over the weekend a 77-year-old farmer in Nea Santa, Kilkis died after his tractor was swept up by floodwaters, and a 24-year-old woman drowned in Serres after her car was submerged when an irrigation canal broke its banks.