Government Declares State of Emergency on Symi Island After Storm

The Greek government declared a state of emergency on the island of Symi on Tuesday, after a sudden downpour swept cars into the sea, damaged homes and cut off electricity and water supplies.

“The first daylight in Symi revealed the widespread disaster caused by the powerful wave of bad weather,” the Shipping Ministry said in a statement.

Volunteers and equipment from the army and regional government had been deployed to the eastern Aegean island to restore roads and other damage caused by the “Eurydice” storm; which hit most of Greece hard on Monday.

Divers were making sure no one had been trapped in their cars, the ministry said. Authorities said that about 10 cars were swept into the sea in the island’s main harbor on Monday.

Houses and shops were flooded, a PPC power station has been inundated, leaving the island without power, and there has been major damage to the island’s infrastructure.

The island remains without electricity and efforts are underway to bring a power generator from Rhodes.