A strong snow storm disrupted road and air traffic in Athens and Istanbul, as snow covered most of Turkey and Greece, including several islands in the Aegean Sea.
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For avoid citizens to leave home, the Greek government declared as public holiday in the metropolitan area of Athens, parts of central Greece and the islands. Major government agencies, as well as grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies, will remain open.
“We ask citizens to avoid leaving their homes. It will be a difficult night,” said Climate Change and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides. “The snow reached unprecedented heights in some areas.”
this storm paralyzed traffic in Athens and put most public transport out of service. Army and fire crews unfolded to rescue hundreds of motorists, stranded for hours, inside cars cutlery through the snow and take to hotel rooms.
Some people abandoned their vehicles and walked home on the snow.
Train transport was also affected, with state television ERT reporting that three people suffered minor injuries when a locomotive accidentally collided with a stuck train carrying around 200 people. The accident occurred near the city of Livadia, in central Greece.
In Istanbul, a metropolis of some 16 million people, the Turkish authorities suspended intercity bus service and blocked temporarily trips to the city from the region of Thrace. People who were stranded on the roads abandoned the vehicles to go home on foot or overcrowded the subway and other means of public transport.
With AP information