Man dies in Crete storms

Heavy rain in Crete yesterday led to a man being killed in a car crash as authorities reported landslides and trees being toppled by high winds, which also caused flights and ferry crossings to and from the island to be canceled. The 47-year-old man, who was not named, was killed when a truck skidded on the Hania-Rethymnon national road and crashed into his car. Authorities said the slippery conditions were to blame for the accident. The showers began late on Monday and continued overnight, leading to a section of the Hania-Rethymnon highway being closed for several hours due to flooding. Firefighters rescued schoolchildren from two buses which were stranded in the village of Gavalomouri. Ten cars were washed away by the torrential rain in Almyrida and firefighters were called to a number of flooded homes and businesses in Hania.