STORM DANIEL: Death toll rises to 4 in Greece - Six people missing in Aghia Triada, Karditsa

STORM DANIEL

On Thursday, a dead man was located in a ravine near the village Petroto of Domokos in Fthiotida, another victim of Storm Daniel. The Fire Brigade found the body, which was, according to initial information, a 51-year-old farmer.

The Krafsidonas river overflowed again in the city of Volos due to the torrential rain that had been sweeping the capital of Magnesia.

Most villages and the capitals of the Regional Units of Karditsa and Trikala are facing severe problems due to the heavy rains hitting the country over the last few hours.

Homes, livestock units and businesses have been affected with incalculable damages, while residents, in some areas, are trapped in their houses due to the height of the water.

People who are missing in Volos and Pelion have not given any signs of life. At the same time, severe weather conditions persist in Volos and on Mt Pelion, which have suffered incalculable disasters.

In addition to the two dead in Magnesia, there are also four missing persons, among them, a couple of 35-year-old Austrians, whose fate is unknown, when the house they were staying in Potistika, southern Pelion, was swept away by the torrential waters.

Volos and water

Water supply has been disrupted for a third consecutive day in Volos amid considerable disasters caused by the unprecedented bad weather, while electricity is gradually being restored.

All infrastructure in Volos and its suburbs, such as the port and road arteries leading out of the town, have suffered significant damage.

Bottled water is being distributed to towns in central Greece through Volos after the 'Daniel' storm severely damaged the region's electricity and water supply systems.

Fifteen trucks have already arrived and are distributing water in Volos, Nea Ionia, Agria, and Alykes. At the same time, another 30 are expected by evening, with residents forming long lines outside city halls to pick up bottles. In addition, a Seajets ferry carrying dozens of large trucks with water bottles is expected to arrive at Volos as a gift from shipowner Marios Iliopoulos.

On Thursday, Volos Mayor Achilleas Beos said that water from emergency drilling would be supplied to metropolitan region residents by ration and at specific hours. Still, it should not be used for drinking. "At 6:30 pm, water will be supplied to the regions from Yianni Dimou up to and including the coast, from Anavros to Krafsidona. This water is pumped from 4 drills. It is neither enough nor drinkable. It will be rationed. The water supply will operate for 3 to 4 hours, stopping and restarting to cover urgent needs. As of 11:00 pm, it will be cut off entirely because this water is temporary, not to be drunk. The entire [water] network is destroyed. Technicians have made small interventions to be able to provide some water directly. At various points, it's necessary to stop water pumping to allow the depositories to be refilled by the drilling. The situation is tragic."

He also said that at 6:30 p.m., water will be supplied to Nea Ionia from Meandrou and below, between Krafsidona and Anavrou. Portaria, Katichori and Platanidia have water. In other areas, such as Alli Meria, Agios Georgios, and Agia Paraskevi, "destruction is complete. I ask for your understanding. For this entire network, we shall need days" to fix it. Beos said a government delegation was in the city to restore the network.

At the same time, services of laboratories, operation rooms, and kidney dialysis units at Volos Hospital, one of the largest in Greece. Bottled water has been provided to patients and staff at the hospital. In contrast, by the decision of the Fire Brigade with the municipality's agreement, the hospital got its non-drinking water from the municipal pools of Volos and Nea Ionia, particularly for the units carrying out dialysis and chemotherapies.

Damage has also been caused to archaeological sites of enormous value and importance, such as the Neolithic excavations at Dimini and the Ancient Theatre. At the same time, the Archaeological Museum of Volos and the Tsalapata Museum-Complex suffered incalculable damages after being covered by tons of mud.

The disasters in the road network are massive, while the connection with southern Pelion was disrupted when a bridge collapsed.

Chaos prevails in the villages Milina, Horto, Kala Nera, Platanias, Afissos, Ano and Kato Lechonia in the direction of southern Pelion, where roads, houses and cars have been lost and communication and land access are impossible.

Similar images exist in eastern Pelion, with the worst affected areas being Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero and Horefto, and Tsagarada.

Makrynitsa has also suffered significant damage, where large amounts of water washed away houses and cars from the parking lot in Brani.

Pilion evacuations

A large operation to evacuate by sea people trapped at the Mikros community of Platanias, in South Mt. Pilio, was concluded successfully on Thursday.

Over 150 people were trapped as of Tuesday morning after the road to the community was utterly destroyed. All of them were Greek and foreign tourists on holiday in the area.

Evacuating them by land was impossible after torrential rain and floods destroyed the only road access to the coastal community. South Pilio Mayor Michalis Mitzikos contacted the Central Port Authority of Volos to send a tourist vessel ('Tarzan') to pick up a total of 105 Greeks and foreigners who had been without power, water or food for three days after hotels and inns ran out of supplies.

A second evacuation effort was ongoing as of 17:00 to evacuate hundreds of residents and foreign tourists from Platanias proper, with the help of Mayor Mitzikos and Civil Protection. Also trapped at Platanias are Serbian buses that had transported the tourists from the neighbouring country.

Evia

The Rovies area in Northern Evia is tested on Thursday as several houses have been flooded following the torrential rain.
Firefighters and rescue teams rushed to remove people trapped in their homes. Problems have also been created on the road network.

Meanwhile, traffic on the Lamia-Katerini highway, in the direction of Thessaloniki, has been restored. In contrast, traffic from Katerini to Lamia, in the order of Athens, is carried out only in the left lane.

The Greek police called on drivers to avoid unnecessary travel on the national road network and local roads where severe weather phenomena are observed or warnings have been issued.

A message via the emergency number 112 was sent to the residents of Sofades, Karditsa, and Pyli, Trikala, to avoid underground and ground floors in buildings.

The Operations Center of the Fire Department has received 4,870 calls since Tuesday, September 5. Most of them mainly concern water pumping, tree cutting and removal of people to safe places.

Storm 'Daniel' sweeping across Greece with torrential rains, a high frequency of lightning, and Aegean solid winds, will continue until Thursday afternoon, according to the National Meteorological Service (EMY).

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