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Three dead during cold snap in Greece

ATHENS, Jan 6, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Three people have died in Greece as stormy
weather and freezing temperatures gripped most of the country, officials said
Sunday.

The bodies of two elderly men were found Sunday, two days after their car
was swept away by flood waters near Athens, the fire department said.

A day earlier, rescue crews had found a 66-year-old woman dead inside the
same car in the rural area of Keratea.

Greece is battling a prolonged cold snap that has seen temperatures fall to
below -18 Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit) in some areas and covered parts of the
country in snow.

The rescue services have received dozens of calls-outs to help people
trapped in their cars or homes by heavy snowfall.

On Saturday, firefighters rescued a pair of French hikers stranded in a
forest on the island of Lesbos.

The poor weather has also disrupted travel, forcing highway closures and
coastal ferry and intercity train cancellations.

On Friday, a Ryanair flight bound for Thessaloniki was rerouted to
Timisoara, Romania, because of poor visibility.

BSS/AFP/RY/1735 hrs