Fire-ravaged Greek island of Evia hit by floods, mudslides

A destroyed road leading to the beach of Agia Anna village, following a flood on the northern part of Evia island, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. The wildfires that destroyed a third of the island's forests in early August have loosened the topsoil and several communities are at risk from flooding. (AP Photo/Thodoris Nikolaou)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The island of Evia, Greece’s second-largest, has been hit by floods months after devastating forest fires last summer destroyed about a third of its forest cover.

There were no casualties from the heavy rains that hit the northern part of the island, but dozens of residents had to be evacuated from flooded homes, roads became impassable and beaches were filled with mud sliding down from nearby mountains that were now devoid of vegetation.

Officials who inspected the damage announced the government will accelerate a 20 million-euro ($23 million) program to aid the devastated areas, as local officials pleaded for action.

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