Heavy rainstorm rages on in Greece

Torrential rain on Thursday disrupted traffic and the Athens metro as it also led to congested traffic, the extension of school shutdowns to Friday, calls for flooded basements to the Fire Brigade, and damage to the Parliament building, ANA reports.

Line 1 of the Athens metro (ISAP) is now running normally, its management STASY announced on Thursday afternoon. Service was interrupted earlier on the line linking Kifissia and Piraeus due to heavy rain.

A section of Kifissias Avenue, at Faros Psychikou and in the direction toward Athens, was shut down because of flooding after torrential rain on Thursday. Traffic police are diverting vehicles to a side road.

The flow of traffic on Pireos Street was also restored on Thursday afternoon, the traffic police reported after it was temporarily interrupted at two points due to flooding at the junctions with Petrou Ralli and Hamosternas roads.

The torrential rain that has been falling in Attica since Thursday morning has caused minor damage to the Greek Parliament building, with small quantities of water leaked into the inner colonnade (peristyle) that houses the exhibition for the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution. In addition, a piece of marble has fallen on the exterior of the building, next to the entrance on Amalias Avenue.

Meanwhile, the Fire Brigade said it had received over 260 calls for help: 251 calls to pump water from flooded basements, 8 to cut down trees posing a hazard, and 9 to rescue people trapped in their cars by floodwater.

The calls for help came from the districts of Glyfada, Nea Smyrni, Moschato, Nea Philadelphia, and Nea Halkidona.

Furthermore, primary and secondary schools that were shut down in the Attica Region in the middle of the day will be out on Friday as well, due to continuing bad weather.

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