Torrential rain brings Athens to standstill

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Torrential rainfall caused extensive flooding in Greece’s capital yesterday, forcing authorities to close major roads and a central subway station in Athens.

A young woman who had been trapped in her car on a flooded suburban road died shortly after being rescued by other motorists and taken to a hospital, police said. The cause of her death was not immediately clear.

Up to 2.3 inches of rain fell in a few hours, more than the monthly average of 1.9 inches.

An abandoned house collapsed in the city centre, but no injuries were reported.

Police closed underpasses and highways in low-lying parts of the city after they were submerged, while parked cars were swept away by racing waters.

The capital’s tram system was shut down for more than an hour, while urban rail schedules were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks. The rain also caused power cuts in parts of the city.