Three Rivers Flooding Central Greece

ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 19 (UPI) — Tens of thousands of acres of farmland in central Greece were under water Friday after three rivers spilled over their banks, officials said.

Earlier this week, the Evros and Kastoria rivers overflowed and Thursday the Peneios River burst its banks, the daily Kathimerini newspaper reported.

Initial reports from farmers said the Pineios flood had submerged about 5,000 acres.

In all, more than 50,000 acres of farmland in central Greece were under water because of unusually heavy rainfall, and preliminary government damage estimates were in the millions of dollars, the report said.

Damage to houses and buildings was estimated to be minimal in the rural areas, although many roads were impassable, the report said.

The rivers were forecast to rise between 3-8 inches in coming days, officials said.

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