At the very least six international nationals, together with two kids, have been killed and dozens of different folks injured after a robust storm raged over northern Greece, flipping over automobiles, snapping timber and collapsing roofs.
Authorities mentioned the deaths occurred late on Wednesday in three separate incidents within the Halkidiki area, a preferred vacationer vacation spot in the course of the summer season months that’s dotted with seaside resorts.
The victims included a 54-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy, each of whom had been from Romania, who had been fatally wounded after a roof collapsed on a restaurant in Nea Plagia. A Czech couple additionally died when robust winds blew their caravan away in Sozopoli, whereas a Russian man and his son had been killed by a falling tree in Nea Potidea, police mentioned.
“Six vacationers had been killed and a minimum of 30 folks had been injured throughout this cyclone,” Charalambos Steriadis, head of civil safety in northern Greece, mentioned.
The freak storm solely lasted about 20 minutes, based on witnesses interviewed by state tv ERT.
Streets in cities within the space had been dotted with uprooted pine timber and overturned bikes, native media reported.
Authorities declared Halkidiki in a state of emergency, and Greece’s newly appointed residents’ safety minister visited early on Thursday. At the very least 140 firefighters had been working within the space.
“It’s the first time in my 25-year profession that I’ve lived by one thing like this,” Athansios Kaltsas, director of the Nea Moudania Medical Centre, the place lots of the injured had been handled for fractures, instructed Greek tv.
“It was so abrupt, and so sudden,” he mentioned.
Kaltsas mentioned sufferers taken to the clinic ranged in age from eight months to over 70 years previous. Some suffered head accidents from timber and different falling objects.
At the very least 140 rescue employees had been concerned within the operation, emergency chief Vassilis Varthakoyannis mentioned.
Such extreme climate is uncommon in Greece, the place summers are sometimes scorching and dry. Meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis described circumstances as “extraordinarily uncommon” for this time of yr.
Meteorologists forecast it will proceed to rain within the space till about 9am (06:00 GMT) on Thursday.
The storms got here after temperatures in Greece soared to 37 levels Celcius over the previous two days.