Extreme Weather 

Global Flooding Report, July 26


Athens, Greece

After the deadly wildfires at the start of the week that killed at least 85 people in east Attica, a thunderstorm hit the northern suburbs of Athens on Thursday, flooding roads and trapping drivers in their cars.

The fire service said it had received more than 140 calls for assistance, most of which involved rescuing drivers from their half-sunken vehicles in the northern neighbourhoods of Maroussi and Halandri.

Cars in a parking lot at the corner of Sorrou and Kifissias streets were submerged in muddy water.

According to the national weather service, rains and thunderstorms are expected on Thursday in many regions of Greece, including the region of Attica and Thessaloniki.


Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, US

Up to 420 mm (16 inches) of rainfall fell across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast between July 21 and 26, causing major flash flooding in parts of the region.

Numerous water rescues were reported and at least one city in Pennsylvania, the worst affected state, declared a disaster emergency.

NWS State College said “historic flooding is ongoing in Lower Susquehanna Valley,” adding that Swatara Creek at Hershey reached the second-highest level since records began in 1975 (5.20m or 17.08 feet).


Delhi, India

Torrential rains lashed Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Thursday.

The heavens opened at 7 am local time and persisted for most of the morning.


Cameroon, Africa

At least five people have been killed, dozens more injured and scores of others rendered homeless following a devastating flood in the Cameroonian cities of Limbe and Douala.

A heavy and lengthy downpour on the ocean city of Limbe on Tuesday caused massive flooding, which triggered a landslide that killed four and injured many others, residents said.


[Featured Photo: AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis]

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