Greek Authorities Take Action Against Flooding After New Storm Hits

Greek Authorities Take Action Against Flooding After New Storm Hits

Greek authorities are active in dealing with floods after a new storm

The army, firefighters, and civil protection services are active today, Thursday, to confront floods resulting from heavy rains that swept through central Greece again, three weeks after the devastating Storm Daniel passed.

Since yesterday evening, Wednesday, a new storm called “Elias” has hit the city of Volos, the capital of the Magnesia province, as well as the island of Euboea and the province of Fthiotida, which led to river flooding, landslides, the collapse of dams, and water sweeping through roads and homes, according to what firefighters reported.

Mud has buried many roads in central Greece (Angelos Tzortzinis/Agence France-Presse)

The fire services stated that they helped evacuate more than 250 people from the area surrounding the city of Volos in the center of the country, with the assistance of the army, so rubber boats and private cars were used to reach the besieged residents. She added that she received about 1,200 calls asking for help.

Firefighters also reported that a private helicopter crashed this morning off the island of Euboea, due to bad weather conditions, and search operations are still underway to find its two passengers.

Great is the recent damage in Greece Greece (Kostas Baltas/Anatolia)

After the storm and floods caused a power outage in a large part of the city of Volos, 80% of it was left in complete darkness. Parts of the local hospital were also flooded, although it remained operational.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, during a meeting with his right-wing parliamentary bloc, “Today our thoughts turn to Volos and Euboea.”

Fire brigade spokesman Vassilios Vathrakyannis, in a television statement, expected that the storm would subside on Thursday evening, based on meteorology, but he stressed that “rescue teams will remain in their positions.”

Volos, which has about 140,000 people, is recovering with difficulty after Storm Daniel, which hit it at the beginning of this September, causing heavy rains in Thessaly, where a major plain for agricultural production in Greece extends, about 400 kilometers north of Athens.

Natural disasters and their damage continue to affect the Greeks (Kostas Baltas/Anatolia)

Volos was deprived of drinking water for more than two weeks earlier this month, and all the damage to its public utility network has not yet been repaired.

It is noteworthy that Storm Daniel left 17 people dead in Thessaly, destroyed crops there, and eliminated tens of thousands of animals on farms. After Greece, the storm struck Libya and caused a disaster in its northeast, especially in the city of Derna.

(AFP, Reuters)

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2023-09-28 16:30:58

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