End of Days Arrive in Greek Town Destroyed by 'Biblical' Flooding

A man cleans mud from the floor of a restaurant in Mandra, northwest of Athens, on November 16, after heavy rainfall caused flooding early on November 15. Greece was in mourning as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in the flood, which killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continued to fall. ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Residents of Greece were struggling to clean up the mess Thursday after flash floods swept through the western part of the country, killing 15 people and injuring dozens of others.

The severe storm slammed Greece overnight on Wednesday and turned the streets into debris-scattered mud, the Associated Press reported. The hardest-hit area was the town of Mandra, where almost all of the deaths occurred. The victims' ages ranged from mid-30s to 80s. Many drowned in their homes or were swept away to sea by the floodwater, a coroner at the hospital told local reporters.

"There is huge damage. Inestimable damage," Mandra Mayor Ioanna Kriekouki told local media.

The storm damaged about 500 homes and businesses, collapsed walls, carried away vehicles and submerged a section of a major highway, according to authorities.

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A dog is seen at a flood-damaged store in Mandra, Greece. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

This is the worst disaster the country has seen in decades, and the government declared a national day of mourning.

"I want to express my deep sorrow, sincere condolences to the families of the victims. And (I want to) pledge that we will stand by them with all the means in our disposal," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told ERT. "It is a very difficult time for all of Greece."

Two men who were missing were found alive, but rescue workers were still looking for another five people on Thursday afternoon. Twelve of the 23 people who were injured are in serious condition, the National Health Operations Center said.

Some areas are without water or power. One firefighter told local media that "a large part of the electricity network is severely damaged. We are doing what we can."

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A man sits atop a jeep as it is driven through a flooded street in Mandra after a freak overnight downpour with the force of a ‘waterfall’ flooded three towns near Athens. DIMITRIS LAMBROPOULOS/AFP/Getty Images

More storms hit the Greek capital on Thursday but did not cause severe flash floods similar to those the day before.

A woman is rescued by volunteers after torrential rains struck Mandra. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Residents are seen on a flooded road. Photo by Gerasimos Koilakos/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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Fast-flowing torrents of red mud inundated roads outside the Greek capital. A boat is seen on a flooded road. Photo by Gerasimos Koilakos/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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Houses were damaged by the torrential rains. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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A man carries a dog he rescued. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A Mandra resident attempts to remove floodwater. Photo by Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images