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Three dead after heavy rainfall in Greece

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    Sunday, November 24, 2013, 4:56 PM -

    Torrential rainfall has taken a deathly toll on southeastern Greece. 

    More than 170 millimeters of rain fell on the island of Rhodes leading to flooding that contributed to three deaths on Friday.

    The first two victims, a 27-year-old and a 50-year-old pair of teachers were found by Saturday morning while a third person remained missing. 

    A helicopter and the Greek Fire Department's special rescue unit were sent into the area to search for the missing person. By Sunday afternoon they had found the third victim. 

    More than 140 calls for help were placed by locals after the flooding caught tourists and residents by surprise. Reports of injuries in Rhodes have been widespread.

    More rescuers are expected to make their way into the area. At least 60 soldiers have been dispatched to assist with the rescue efforts. 

    Officials warned locals to remain alert and stay safe as more rain is expected to hit the region on Monday and Tuesday.

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