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Floods sweep through southern Greece

January 13, 1997
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT)

CORINTH, Greece (CNN) -- At least five people died over the weekend after heavy storms flooded southern Greece.

Damages were estimated to be in the millions of dollars, and some towns -- including Corinth and parts of Athens -- lost electricity and telephone service. Authorities shut down shipping in the port of Pireaus.

In Corinth, flood waters pushed cars through the streets like toys, leaving them piled atop one another. Flooding was aggravated in Athens by a week-long garbage collectors' strike. The garbage collectors said Monday they would suspend the strike until later next month as a goodwill gesture.

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