Hellenic Train: Bus connections on the Athens-Thessaloniki and Larissa-Litochoro lines are suspended


Bus connections on the Athens-Thessaloniki line and the Larissa-Litochoro line are also suspended today due to the traffic interruption on the National Highway at the height of Larissa caused by the overflowing of the Pinios River.

As soon as the National Road is opened again and the passage of vehicles is allowed, Hellenic Train informs the passenger public that it will come back with a newer announcement and rescheduling of routes.

Meanwhile, the state will stand by the citizens affected by the recent severe weather conditions, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday from Larissa, adding that the unique platform for those affected will be opened on Monday.

The prime minister said that the main concern is public health, noting that farmers and breeders will be fully compensated.

"I know how difficult it is for farmers who lost their animals. We want these people to stay in their place, to rebuild their livestock, and I want them to know that we will be by their side in every step of this process," the prime minister noted, according to AMNA.

"I want all our fellow citizens whose properties were either destroyed or heavily damaged to know that the state will be by their side and will be by their side immediately so that they can return to their homes with the necessary financial support to cover the household equipment needs and then provide the necessary funds to repair the damage left behind by the flood," he added.

"We will need the EU's help," the prime minister said and informed that he will be in Strasbourg on Tuesday as the head of a government team for talks with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. "It is a disaster directly linked to the climate crisis and requires Europe's assistance."

"We have many financial instruments options where Europe can help: the agricultural funds, the NSRF resources, the Recovery Fund, and the Natural Disasters Fund. So, I will discuss all this with the president of the European Commission. I am sure that Europe will support our country financially so that the Greek taxpayer does not shoulder alone the great cost of repairing the damages that the storm left behind," he added.

The prime minister also referred to upgrading the country with the investment grade status, underlining that "it is certainly the last thing that interests the citizens right now, but it is important as it marks the country's ability to overcome even an unprecedented crisis."

Mitsotakis' speech was followed by the measures presented by the competent ministers.

More specifically, Deputy Minister of Climate Crisis Christos Triandopoulos announced that the first economic aid platform, the arogi.gov.gr platform, will be opened on Monday, both for the first financial aid for houses, which reaches up to 10,000, and the first financial aid for businesses, which reaches up to 4,000 - this includes livestock farms.

Moreover, it will cover the damage to household goods and the first repair work, which reaches 6,600 euros. At the same time, the framework of the housing assistance is activated with coverage of up to 80% of the repair and reconstruction of the building infrastructure, the support of businesses with a grant which reaches 70% of the estimated damage, he said.

Alternate Health Minister Irini Agapidaki referred to the operational plan prepared by the ministry for threats to public health.

On his part, the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis, referred to the priority of collecting, burning and burying dead animals.

Minister of Social Cohesion and Family Sofia Zaharakis said: "We have been hosting families in Volos since last week, and we intend to continue for another month. And, of course, we are at the citizens' disposal for any problem."

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