Greek Gov’t Assesses Flood Damages and Announces Compensations

Greek authorities continue to assess the damage caused by the deadly floods in Attica. So far technical teams have carried out 1,154 building inspections and Maximos Mansion is announcing compensations.

A total 120 engineers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport are involved in the building inspections, that commenced after the storm subsided in the Mandra-Idylia and Nea Peramos municipalities.

After inspecting 925 houses, businesses, public buildings, industrial facilities, storage rooms etc., in the Mandra-Idylia municipality, the technical teams found that an additional 733 buildings suffered serious damage, and their owners also qualify for compensation.

In the municipal district of Nea Peramos, 229 building inspections were conducted, with 222 of them found to be in need of serious repair.

Meanwhile, ground and underwater rescue teams; comprised of State agencies and volunteers, continue the search for two people who are still missing.

Government announces compensations

The immediate compensation for the victims whose homes were destroyed in Mandra and Nea Peramos, was announced by the government on Monday morning.
Government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos announced that all houses that have been deemed seriously damaged by the technical teams will receive a compensation of 5,000 euros each. For damaged businesses, the compensation amount will be 8,000 euros.

According to Tzanakopoulos, the compensations will be included in an amendment to be tabled in the House today (Monday). The extraordinary aid for the flood victims will be distributed directly by the State Treasury, and according to the government, will be tax-free.
The government’s goal is for inspections to be completed by the end of the week so that compensations can be disbursed as soon as possible. An initial subsidy of 600 euros will be given to each flood victim. However, some problems have been created as many people found that their identification documents have been destroyed by the muddy floods.
Compensations will also be given to residents of Symi; Samothrace; Agia Larissa, and Katerini, which are other areas that have also been hit hard by the recent storms.