Greece hit by deadly floods

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Media captionTorrential rain overnight created fast-flowing torrents of red mud

Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 14 people and caused destruction in central Greece.

The industrial towns of Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of the capital Athens, were the most affected.

Many of the dead were elderly people whose bodies were found inside their homes, reports say. Fast-flowing torrents of red mud flooded roads.

“Everything is lost. The disaster is biblical,” Mandra Mayor Yianna Krikouki told state broadcaster ERT.

At least 13 people have been taken to hospital, and some are still missing.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has expressed his condolences.

Heavy rain has hit parts of Greece for about a week.

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Image caption Some roads were inundated by more than 1m (3ft) of water
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Image caption A state of emergency has been declared in some of the affected areas
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Image caption The fire service said there were more than 300 calls for help
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Image caption Emergency teams have been deployed to the region

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