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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-07-09
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastA mainly fine weather is forecast for today with scattered cloud and local rains in the northeastern regions of the country. Northerly winds weak to moderate in the west, moderate to strong in the east and very strong locally in the Aegean.
In Athens temperatures will range between 23 to 33 C and in Thessaloniki from 19-30 C.
(9/7/2002 12:58:00 μμ)
 Storm causes severe flooding in Athens, one deadHeavy rain swept across Athens shortly after midday yesterday leaving one person dead , trapping hundreds in flooded buildings and bringing traffic to a halt. Severely hit were the western suburbs of Renti and Moshato due to the over-flooding of the Kifissos river.
The water rose above the reinforced concrete banks of the river near the Rendi vegetable market and up to Pireos Street, flooding the surrounding roads and carrying away dozens of cars and motorbikes.
The fire brigade received 1500 calls mainly from people stuck in elevators because of power cuts, flooded basements and houses. The fire brigade chief , Panagiotis Fourlas said that 3 people were taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Crews have started recording damages in the most severely hit suburbs of Renti and Moshato while the undersecretary for environment Yiannis Tsaklidis said that all flood victims will receive compensations according to law provisions. In an interview with state radio channel NET, Mr. Tsaklidis said that flooding problems will be resolved only after the completion of anti-flooding projects .
In the meantime, Interior Minister, Kostas Skandalidis maintained that there was immediate mobilization of the state mechanism although there was no forecast of the storm.
The N.D party blamed the goverment of inability to deal with emergency situations.
(9/7/2002 1:00:00 μμ)
 November 17 investigations continue, close to arrest warrantsGreece has mounted a massive manhunt for leaders of the November 17 urban guerilla group fired by the detention 10 days ago of 40 year old , Savvas Xiros injured in a failed bomb attack in the port of Pireus.
Experts of the anti-terror squad are examining evidence collected so far while the issue of arrest warrants for suspects of involvement in the ring is a matter of short time.
Savvas Xiros –who is still at the Evangelismos Hospital under strict police security –will be transferred today to a specially equipped ward in order to be interrogated by state prosecutor Ioannis Diotis.
Responding to relative reporters questions, government spokesman Hristos Protopappas said that investigation was still under way and was being held within the framework of the constitution and state laws. Mr. Protopappas condemned part of the media speculation tactics involving certain names in
terrorism and called on all political parties and the Association of Athens Journalists to do the same.
Referring to scenarios involving his name in terrorism, writer and Greece s ambassador to Unesco, Vasilis Vasilikos wished that both those who fabricated myths and those who reported them to allow him to concentrate on his spiritual work.
In the meantime , the U.S yesterday hailed Greece s capture of a November 17 guerilla suspect and discovery of the elusive group s lair.
(9/7/2002 1:01:00 μμ)
 President Stefanopoulos receives visiting Irish PresidentPresident Kostis Stephanopoulos yesterday received at the Presidential Mansion visiting Irish President Mary McAleese.
Following a meeting that lasted for about one and a half hours, the two presidents spoke to the press.
Mr. Stephanopoulos stressed that Greece appreciated Ireland s presence in the European Union, which is a model of speedy development and a beneficial example for Greece.
The Greek president also said that their discussion focused on the strengthening of trade between the two countries and further development of cultural ties.
(9/7/2002 1:02:00 μμ)