Rainfalls on Saturday caused serious damages along the Agia Anna-Achladia-Kotsikia in northern Evia that was greatly destroyed during the forest fires in August. Dozens of flooded homes and businesses, broken infrastructure and landslides, and a new nightmare for the people who face anothe rmore disaster with the first rainfall of autumn.
Over 100 people were rescued from flooded homes in Agia Anna, state broadcaster ERT reported.
Storm front “Athena” hit the already wounded areas in the night from Saturday to Sunday bringing area causing massive damage, a few months after the large forest fires. Large volumes of water came down from the mountains as there are no longer trees and the burned soil cannot absorb them.
Roads have turned into rivers and were cut in two, with the asphalt ending up in the …sea.
According to Mantoudi Deputy Mayor Dimitris Skopelitis on Sunday morning, four residents have been trapped in their homes.
In Achladi and Agia Anna rivers and streams have overflowed flooding large areas, while the beach of Achladi was completely destroyed.
Connection to the outside world has been cut due to the infrastructure damages.
Agia Anna was flooded already on Saturday morning and the heavy rainfall form midnight to 2:30 Sunday morning gave the area the rest.
All these villages were largely burned down in summer and the anti-flooding works are being delayed.
There hundreds of calls to the Fire Service to pump water out of homes and businesses, Mayor of Mantoudi Giorgos Tsapourniotis told Open TV.
Over 50,000 hectares of forest were burned down in August and the local communities had been crying for anti-flooding works right afterwards.
But the government sees no connection between the burned forest landscape and the floods. Speaking to Skai TV on Sunday morning, Deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas said that there is “no correlation between burned forest and floods in the sea” in Evia.
As more rainfalls are forecast in the region later on Sunday, the Civil Protection warns residents to avoid unnecessary movement and be cautious.
sources: evima.gr, eviathema.gr, libre.gr and others
Of course it has to do with the wildfires!! There is no vegetation/plants left to take care of the water. Even the roots are dead and let loose of their grip in the soil. Poor people who lives on Evia! How come the greek gouvernment have no knowledge about this fenomena??? Or do they dont want to know and turn the “blind eye” towards this because it will cost money and efforts????? Shame!
FYI … Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Christos Triantopoulos announced on Sunday emergency funding of €20 million to boost northern Evia’s defenses against flooding this winter.
“The State, as in other cases, will help repair this damage,” said Triantopoulos, adding that funds will start flowing this coming week.
if gov’t doesn’t proceed with anti-flooding works they can give any funding they want as often they wish.
Deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas reminds me of Baghdad Bob: “There are no American tanks in Baghdad”. Vroom vroom…
This is criminal. For the flood risks were known and predicted from the beginning but apparently not much has been done.