Six overseas nationals killed as extreme climate hits Greece

Six overseas nationals, together with two youngsters, had been killed and greater than 100 different individuals injured after gale-force winds, rain and hailstorms struck northern Greece late on Wednesday, uprooting bushes and collapsing roofs, authorities mentioned.

Tv footage confirmed sturdy winds sweeping via a restaurant within the Halkidiki peninsula, a area in style with vacationers in the summertime.

Streets in cities within the space had been dotted with uprooted pine bushes and overturned bikes, pictures posted on web sites confirmed.

“It’s the first time in my 25-year profession that I’ve lived via 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. Some suffered head accidents from bushes and different falling objects.

Two aged Czech vacationers had been killed when sturdy winds and water swept away their journey trailer, police mentioned.

Elsewhere within the area, a girl and an 8-year-old boy, each Romanian nationals, had been killed after a roof collapsed on a restaurant in Nea Plagia. A person and a younger boy, each Russians, died after a tree collapsed close to their lodge within the seaside city of Potidea, authorities mentioned.

Such extreme climate is uncommon in Greece, the place summers are usually sizzling and dry. Meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis described circumstances as “extraordinarily uncommon” for this time of 12 months.

Meteorologists forecast it will proceed to rain within the space till about 9 am on Thursday.

Authorities declared Halkidiki in a state of emergency, and Greece’s newly appointed residents’ safety minister was resulting from go to early on Thursday. No less than 140 firefighters had been working within the space.