Woman dies in rainstorm

Heavy rain on Saturday evening led to the death of a woman in Athens and caused dangerous landslides on the Athens-Patras national road, authorities said yesterday, but the weather is expected to improve this week. A 40-year-old pedestrian slipped and fell in Ilioupolis, eastern Athens, and was then swept away by the torrent of water flowing along the street, police said. The body of the unnamed woman was found early yesterday under a car. Police are investigating her death. The storm also caused a mudslide in the area of Diakofto, in the Peloponnese, on the Athens-Patras national road. The Athens-bound lanes of the highway were closed for almost four hours as a number of cars became trapped in the mud, though no one was injured. Bulldozers were brought in to clear the road. Authorities in the city of Karditsa, central Greece, also reported flooding due to the rainfall. However, the weather is expected to improve from today, the National Meteorological Service (EMY) said.