Tons of rocks flooded the village Assos in the west coast of Kefalonia, trapped people in their homes, buried vehicles, destroyed houses and businesses. The picturesque harbor of the village is practically non-existent. The torrential rainfalls of medicane Ianos brought rocks, mud and other debris from the mountain.
There is no electricity and water for the third consecutive day. Nobody can leave the village as the 25 cars at their disposal are buried under the stones.
No municipality or state teams have arrived in Assos, no heavy machinery has started to remove the hundreds of tone or rocks.
“We are waiting for them to come and dig us out,” a woman told media.
“No one has stepped foot in our village,” a young shopkeeper said. “Shops, cars, houses have been lost. They have become one with its mud and stones” she added.
“We cannot leave the village, our cars are buried” an middle-aged couple told Skai TV said on Sunday morning.
The disaster started with a heavy rainfall in the early hours of Friday. It started to rain around 2 o’ clock in the morning and stopped at 7 in the afternoon the next day.
“We could hear the roar from the rocks that ran through the village, it was shocking… ”
Many locals said that the water passed through their homes, literally entering from one door and coming out from the other.
“We have clean bed sheets and are waiting for help” a middle-aged woman said with the shock still in her eyes.
The river of rocks reached down to the beach and the harbor that has been destroyed.
Deputy Minister for Crisis Management and head of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias arrived on the island on Saturday afternoon and inspected from a helicopter the damaged Medicane Ianos left behind.
“It is time for very hard work and few words, we dealt with details on issues related to the immediate restoration of the damages and return to normalcy for the island of Kefalonia and Ithaca,” Hardalias said after a meeting with local authorities and service bodies.
The issues that topped the meeting agenda were the restoration of electricity, water supply and road networks.
In the neighboring island of Ithaca, power supply is still cut on Sunday morning and when electricity comes for short time, locals recharge with mobile phones in order to keep up their connection with the outside world.
Already on Friday, the Civil Protection declared “state of emergency” for the islands of Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos, yet state aid is still away on Sunday.
Access to Assos village is difficult due to landslides and destruction.
Volunteers in Action
However, some brave volunteers from other areas got together and brought aid to the people of Assos, long before the state mechanism could wake up and move in the right direction.
Local businesses, supermarkets and taverns donated food and water and provided the vehicle sof rthe transport and the aid group arrived in Assos late on Saturday.
“People there live among ruins, mud and rocks in complete darkness. We have met their needs for food and water until tomorrow, but they will definitely need more, and in addition some light sources such as floodlights and batteries. The good (and bad) thing is that we were the first aid and the people who got there after the hurricane,” member of Kostas Vitorakis from Kefalonia Wild Nature wrote on social media.