Deadly floods hit Greece

Six people were reported missing in the western Athens area following major flash flooding that left at least 19 people dead.

All search and rescue operations were being conducted in the Mandra area on the western outskirts of the Greek capital, where Nov. 15  flooding turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris, slamming cars into buildings and submerging sections of a highway.

The flood, which followed an overnight storm, caused widespread destruction in Mandra and nearby areas, where authorities said about 500 homes and businesses had been damaged.

The disaster was among the worst to have hit the Greek capital in decades, and the government declared Thursday, Nov. 16  a day of national mourning. (AP)

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Deadly floods hit Greece

An ancient statue is partly submerged under water at an archaeological site, following flash floods which hit the area, at the village of Dion, Greece, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A view of the damaged cemetery of Mandra town, west of Athens, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo: Yorgos Karahalis/AP)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A elderly woman walks in front of a damaged house in the town of Mandra western Athens, on Friday , Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A playground after it was hit by a flood earlier this week at Mandra town, west of Athens, on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Photo: Yorgos Karahalis/AP)

Deadly floods hit Greece

People clean a road in the town of Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Locals wear plastic bags to protect from mud as they walk next to destroyed cars, following flash floods which hit areas west of Athens on November 15 killing at least 15 people, in Mandra, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A TV set and curtains are stuck on a destroyed window of a flooded house, following flash floods which hit areas west of Athens on November 15 killing at least 15 people, in Mandra, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A car at the entrance of a flooded house after the water has receded in the town of Mandra western Athens, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Maria Kriada is comforted outside her destroyed house following flash floods which hit areas west of Athens on November 15 killing at least 15 people, in Nea Peramos, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A photo shows a shirt hanging near a bookcase marked with mud from floodwater in a house in Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 16, 2017, after heavy rainfall caused flooding early on November 15. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A man helps evacuate a woman from a flooded street in Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Dimitris Lambropoulos/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A dog is seen at the damaged store after torrential rains struck the west Athenian suburb of Mandra, Greece on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Muddy clothes have been left on a fence of a house in Mandra, Western Attica, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Floods and mudslides have turned roads into fast-flowing rivers after torrential rains struck the west Athenian suburb of Mandra, Greece on Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Bystanders and rescue personnel look at vehicles submerged in floodwaters on a highway near Eleusina, south-west of Athens on Nov. 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall. (Photo: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A woman gestures as a car is removed from the road in the town of Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall in the area caused damage and left seven people dead. (Photo: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

An inside view of a damaged house is seen after torrential rains struck the west Athenian suburb of Mandra, Greece on Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Ayhan Mehmet/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Women holding umbrellas stand next to a damaged shop, in a flooded street of Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A local, carrying a dog in his jacket, saves a cat that was trapped in a tree, following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A woman sweeps mud outside her house at Mandra, Attica region, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Hellenic Red Cross volunteers and firemen evacuate an elderly man following heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A man stands in front of a damaged shop in the town of Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

AA man helps another one to walk in a flooded street following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Xinhua/Marios Lolos via Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

The interior of a car is covered with mud, in Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 15, 2017, after heavy overnight rainfall.
(Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Locals walk among debris in a yard, following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Part of a destroyed house is seen following heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A man tries to get into a car stuck in floodwater in the town of Mandra, northwest of Athens, on Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Valerie Gache/AFP/Getty Images)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Destroyed cars block a muddy road following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

Local Konstantina Louka stands next to her destroyed garage entrance following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

General aerial view of a flooded area following flash floods in Mandra, West Attica, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017 in this still image taken from social media video. (Photo: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens via Reuters)

Deadly floods hit Greece

A local, carrying a dog in his jacket, holds a cat he saved from a tree, following a heavy rainfall in the town of Mandra, Greece, Nov. 15, 2017. (Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

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