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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Storms and strong winds cause extensive damage to Thassos, Kavala and Xanthi

  • [01] Storms and strong winds cause extensive damage to Thassos, Kavala and Xanthi

    The island of Thassos "is licking its wounds" following the heavy storms and strong easterly winds which swept the area on Saturday night through Sunday.

    Up until Sunday afternoon, crews from Thassos municipality and men from the Firebrigade tried to salvage 30 cars which were swept into the sea in the area of Limenaria. Some of them were salvaged.

    The entire eastern part of Thassos is facing serious problems due to the inclement weather conditions which prevailed on the island. In region of Kallirahi, due to a landslide, traffic came due to a halt resulting for many hours at dawn the island being cut off in two.

    For hours, the Firebrigade was trying to pump out water from basements and houses which were flooded but also to facilitate drivers to transfer their cars far from the flooded regions.

    Thassos Mayor Constantine Kapolas said many animals drowned, trees were uprooted and destruction was caused to cultivation.

    In Kavala, northerm Greece, crews of the Kavala Pefecture and the Firebrigade were pumping out water from houses.

    At noon, crews from the Kavala Prefecture opened a section of the mountainous road network towards Orinos prefecture, which was closed due to a landslide caused by the rain.

    The damage was also significant in Drama where hail caused great damage to vineyards in Doxatos.

    In the prefecture of Xanthi, the Toxotes-Xanthi rail link was disrupted due to fllods,, was restored at noon. However, the problem still remains at the bridge of Kosynthos river, which, as was made known by the Greek Railways Organisation (OSE) will be restored early Monday morning.

    The Xanthi Firebrigade thoughout the day on Sunday received more than 80 calls for the pumping out of water from the flooded houses.


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