GREECE: Earthquake victims in Crete given temporary shelter in tents


Authorities on Crete set up tents for residents of Arkalohori in the southern part of the island after an earthquake registering 5.8 on the Richter scale shook the island on Monday morning.

One person died while repairing a church rook and nine people were injured, one seriously.

Arkalohori homes sustained heavy damage and are unsafe while Armed Forces personnel, volunteers and members of the Hellenic Red Cross set up a temporary tent camp for Monday night. Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides is in the region since Monday afternoon, heading the team that oversees the work.

Tents were also set up at villages along the municipality of Minoas Pediadas, where homes have been damaged.

Stylianides said that at least 40 engineers will arrive in the area on Tuesday to inspect the buildings for damage.

According to initial estimates more than 1,000 stone buildings in Arkalochori and neighbouring areas are deemed unsuitable with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport also dispatching a team of engineers to assess the damage.


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