Cyprus Mail

Cypriot dies in Rhodes storm

Three people, one of them a Cypriot, drowned and one man is still missing following torrential floods on the holiday island of Rhodes on Friday.
Kalliopi Fidia Panayiotou, 56, from Limassol was drowned on Friday and her 63-year-old Greek husband, who was missing since the storm began, was found dead on Sunday. The couple were out for a walk and were believed swept away by the torrent.
According to the Foreign Ministry, Panayiotou had moved to Rhodes, where she was a permanent resident, in 1981 with her sister who is a founding and active member of the Rhodes Cypriot Society.
According to locals the storm quickly caused devastation; shops, homes and roads all flooded. In a very short time the water-level reached half a metre, hundreds of cars were left battered by the floods and there was a huge power was cut.
The island’s disaster response teams used sniffer dogs and helicopters and had volunteers scouring the island for any more missing people over the weekend. According to local reports, the coast guard was also conducting helicopter flights up and down the coast amid fears that people may have been swept out to sea.
According to Greek daily Ekathimerini local authorities were due to meet on Sunday evening to discuss precautionary measures ahead of a fresh wave of storms that are forecast to hit Rhodes on Monday.

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