Man missing in Zakynthos as strong showers lash Greece

Man missing in Zakynthos as strong showers lash Greece

Rescue workers on Sunday were looking for a man who went missing during a downpour on the Ionian island of Zakynthos late on Saturday, as strong showers swept across Greece, causing major problems in many parts of the country.

According to the ANA-MPA news agency, a search operation is under way on Zakynthos for a 33-year-old man whose his family reported him missing in the early hours of Sunday and after his car was founded abandoned in a flooded ravine in the area of Vanatou.

The fire service on the island had received more than 50 calls for assistance by Sunday afternoon.

In Athens, the fire service received nearly 300 calls in less than 24 hours to pump out flooded basements and warehouses, while authorities were trying to restore the flow of traffic on major thoroughfares, including Pireos Street, which was closed between the Hamosternas and Petrou Ralli junctions.

Flooding also forced the closure of the metro stations Panormou, Megaro Moussikis and Evangelismos in the capital.

In the neighborhood of Kypseli, rescue workers had to help a trapped motorist on Evelpidon Street, while another three people were freed from a car in Menidi when the junction of Karamanli and Aghias Triadas streets became overwhelmed by rushing water.

The national weather service warned that the showers will continue throughout Sunday and Monday in most parts of the country, giving way to strong winds and lower temperatures on Tuesday.

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