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People try to move away water and mud from their shop, following a storm at the village of Politika, on Evia island, Greece.

Seven people, including an en elderly couple and an eight-month-old baby, were found dead after a storm hit the island of Evia in central Greece, authorities said.

Heavy rain started falling at about midnight and firefighters responded to over 50 fires caused by lightning.

Dozens were trapped by floodwaters in their homes. The elderly couple was found unconscious in their home in Politika.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias confirmed the deaths.

Many residents have climbed to the rooftops of their homes and the fire service has sent a rescue helicopter to the area.

Road connections to the mainland - there are two bridges connecting Evia to Central Greece - have been cut and only a ferry service was operating.