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15 minutes of rain turn main roads on Santorini into rivers (pictures)

It needed a powerful rainfall that lasted just 15 minutes to show the infrastructure problems on the island of Santorini, a favorite destination for millions of tourists every year.

Friday night and the main road of Emborio was turned into a stream of rushing waters sweeping away cars, stones and everything they found on their way.

Several houses and shops have been flooded.

Locals reportedly could not believe their eyes to see the waters rush through the village, which is the biggest on the south of the island and 12 km away from Fira.

According to local media cyclades24.gr, the majority of village roads are meanwhile accessible, however not many side- and rural roads, with some of them to have been completely destroyed.

Motorists are advised to move carefully across the whole traffic network.

Local authorities say that all services and mechanisms are in operation and they manage to deal successfully also with difficult and dangerous cases.

However, local media do not seem to agree and criticize that “the biggest tourist destination worldwide is without post, infrastructure and a traffic network is unacceptable condition,” so newsantorinis.gr.

The construction of a road started in 2000 but at the eve of 2018, “part of the road is still a stream and at the same time a trap and a big danger for the area,” write neasantorinis.

Φωτογραφία του Γιαννης Βαιλας.

Emporeio is the biggest village in the south of the island of Santorini, 12 km away from Fira.

More pictures in cyclades24.gr and neasantorinis.gr

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