Desperate Brits beg for help after being left stranded on storm-lashed Greek holiday island where tourists have been ordered off the streets as country is hit with killer floods

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Hundreds of tourists are stranded on a Greek holiday island following flash floods after torrential rain hit the country.

Desperate Brits have taken to social media to beg for help after being left with power cuts, ‘no way to get food’ nor methods of communication after severe flooding struck the small island of Skiathos, which is to the east of the Greek mainland. 

As evening falls on the island, tourists stuck with no electricity have described the situation as ‘horrendously scary’ and say there have been no flights in or out of the airport, which is just over a mile from the flooded town centre of Skiathos. 

One British holidaymaker told MailOnline he and his wife were due to fly home at 8pm but their flight has been cancelled and they have received little information from TUI as to when they can get back to Manchester Airport. 

They are currently stranded at their hotel with no power and ‘food is running low’. Locals are also being accommodated for at the hotel after the floods destroyed their homes on the beach.

‘Food supplies are running out at the hotel. No more can be supplied because the road by our hotel has collapsed.

‘The rain has been heavy for around 36 hours. Our hotel is now homing local families who have lost theirs on the beach,’ he said. 

Footage shared by locals shows gushing water inundating the Skiathos town's streets

Footage shared by locals shows gushing water inundating the Skiathos town’s streets

 

Desperate Brits are begging for advice after finding themselves stranded on the flooded island of Skiathos or the surrounding islands

Desperate Brits are begging for advice after finding themselves stranded on the flooded island of Skiathos or the surrounding islands

Police have ordered all residents and tourists to stay off the streets and the island’s mayor has put in a request to declare a state of emergency following the ‘biblical rain’, local media reported.

It comes just hours after two women were rescued from a road after it became submerged in water.

Footage shared by locals shows fast moving water rushing through the town’s streets, where just days ago Brits were enjoying the end of their summer holidays. 

Meanwhile the adverse conditions are damaging homes and accommodation across the small island, leaving many holidaymakers stranded at hotels struck by power cuts and severe water damage.

One tourist posted on X, formerly Twitter, that fearful hotel staff have even asked guests to check out of their rooms, which are slowly filling with water. 

She said: ‘This is a serious storm. Flooding in our hotel corridors, ceilings, power cuts, and we’re lucky as we’re up high at the Skiathos Palace, Koukounaries. Some guests have been asked to check out of their rooms.’ 

Tourists have also complained they are stranded at the island’s airport. It is unconfirmed whether flights to or from Skiathos have been cancelled.

Dangerous sea conditions have forced ferries to and from the island to be halted, leaving many passengers unsure whether they will be able to catch their flights home over the next few days. 

Jet2 has advised customers on X that staff are ‘aware of the weather conditions currently affecting Skiathos’ and ‘are monitoring the situation very closely with our customer’s best interests in mind’.

Pictured are boats and cars being washed away by severe flooding sweeping across Skiathos

Pictured are boats and cars being washed away by severe flooding sweeping across Skiathos

Storm Daniel has battered eastern parts of Greece, including Skiathos island

Storm Daniel has battered eastern parts of Greece, including Skiathos island

Elsewhere, Storm Daniel is also causing severe flooding and people to be ordered off the streets.

Footage shared on social media shows a car being swept away as huge rolling waves crash into the pier in Agios Ioannis, a village on the east side of the mainland.

Residents in the central mainland town of Volos and the nearby mountain region of Pilion have been told to not leave their homes as a severe storm hit the area, turning streets into flooded torrents.

The ban, which covers all except emergency services and roadside assistance vehicles, will remain in place until the storm subsides, police said.

One man was killed in Volos when a wall buckled and fell on him, while another man was reported missing, believed to have been swept away by floodwaters, firefighters said earlier today.

Footage shows a car being swept away as huge rolling waves crash into the pier in Agios Ioannis
Footage shows a car being swept away as huge rolling waves crash into the pier in Agios Ioannis

Footage shows a car being swept away as huge rolling waves crash into the pier in Agios Ioannis

Cars are pictured battling rising water as people wade through it in the city of Volos

Cars are pictured battling rising water as people wade through it in the city of Volos

Floodwaters submerge a car and surrounding houses in Milina village, Pilion region, central Greece

Underwater: Floods have ripped through streets in Volos, Greece, as storms lash the country

Underwater: Floods have ripped through streets in Volos, Greece, as storms lash the country

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Dramatic videos and pictures have revealed the scale of the floods sweeping through Volos in Greece

Authorities also sent push alerts to cellphones in several other areas of central Greece, the Sporades island chain and the island of Evia, warning people to limit their movements outdoors due to the storm.

Government spokesman Yannis Artopios told public broadcaster ERT: ‘Storms and heavy rains were hitting Tuesday.

‘The basement of Volos hospital was flooded and firefighters are in the process of pumping out the water,’ Mr Artopios said.

Greece’s weather service said the Pilion region was forecast to receive about 650-700 millimeters (25.5-27.5 inches) of rain over Tuesday and Wednesday, while 550-600 millimeters were forecast for the central Greek town of Karditsa.

The weather service noted that the average annual rainfall in the capital of Athens region is around 400 millimeters.

A man is pictured attemting to drive his motorbike through flood waters in Volos

A man is pictured attemting to drive his motorbike through flood waters in Volos

A man is pictured clearing debris off the road following a flash flood in Volos

A man is pictured clearing debris off the road following a flash flood in Volos

Pictured are fast flowing stream waters that have risen during a heavy storm in the city of Volos

Pictured are fast flowing stream waters that have risen during a heavy storm in the city of Volos

A fallen tree pictured in a flooded river during the brutal storm in the city of Volos

A fallen tree pictured in a flooded river during the brutal storm in the city of Volos

The extreme weather comes on the heels of major wildfires that hit Greece over the past few weeks, with some burning for more than two weeks and destroying vast tracts of forest and farmland. More than 20 people were killed in the fires.

A massive blaze raging over the last two weeks destroyed swathes of the Dadia national park in the northern Evros region.

Artopios told AFP that the Dadia fire front, raging since 19 August, was ‘under control and no area was active’.

‘Firefighters are staying in position to survey the situation,’ he added.

Classified by experts as a ‘megafire’, the blaze raging in Dadia destroyed more than 81,000 hectares (200,155 acres) of the forested area, protected by the European agency Natura 2000.

The devastation in Dadia accounts for almost half the total area burned by wildfires in Greece since the start of the summer, according to the European climate service Copernicus.

Like several Mediterranean countries, Greece faces fierce wildfires every summer, which this year left 26 people dead and at least 150,000 hectares burned.

Jet2, Volotea and TUI have been approached for comment by MailOnline. 







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