Flooding on the island of Crete: state of emergency declared
Particularly affected the town of Ierapetra and Sitia.
11 APR 2019 16:35
This spring the Eastern part of the island of Crete (Lasithi) was in the grip of floods: last weekend there were strong rains. This is the third major flood since mid-February – and by next Tuesday the island will return to the rain and wind with gusts up to 23 m/s.
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From 5 to 7 April in the towns of Sitia and Ierapetra was rescued 19 people, and another 20 had to be evacuated to safe areas. Many homes flooded, and the owners had to contact the fire Department to pump out water.
During natural disasters, the authorities have declared a state of emergency. In many localities eroded roads, destroyed power lines, damaged transport, water flooded cropland.
Last week serious injuries and casualties were not, however, in February of this year, the flooding has claimed the lives of four people and the second a few days later caused the death of another.
Torrential rains and their aftermath also affected the Peloponnese; the interruption of electricity was noticed by the inhabitants of small towns in Attica – NEOs-Wojas, Mati, Saronida, Keratea and others.