Photos: Deadly flash flooding batters Greek island of Crete

A man was found dead and two people were missing on Saturday after torrential rain brought major flooding to the Greek island of Crete, emergency workers said.

The victim, a man in his fifties, was trapped in his car as the rains began to fall on the southern Greek island, a popular holiday destination.

Local media reported extensive damage in seaside villages, where streets have become rivers carrying away everything in their path.

At least nine vehicles surrounded by water still need to be rescued. The emergency services received over 450 calls within an hour on Friday morning as the extent of the problem became clear.

Eight tourists and a security guard were also stranded at the Archaeological Museum in the coastal resort town of Sitia.

Scientists say human-induced climate change is amplifying extreme weather, including the floods, heatwaves and droughts seen in several parts of the planet, and say these events will become more frequent and more intense.

A senior official for the Heraklion region, Nikos Syrigonakis, urged residents to limit their movements.

“This is a difficult day,” he added.

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