The head of the First-Instance Court Prosecutor’s Office Ilias Zagoreos on Wednesday ordered an urgent investigation into the lethal flooding in the west Attica towns of Nea Peramos and Mandra, following heavy rainfall in the area, to determine the causes of the disaster.
The investigation will focus on whether there is evidence of offences punishable by law, especially urban planning violations that may have contributed to the formation of the flash floods and torrents that swept through the towns, claiming at least nine lives so far.
Both towns, which have a combined population of about 20,000 people, lie in the foothills of a mountain in western Attica. Many Greek housing settlements are built without taking into account town planning regulations.
The launch of inquiries into the causes of the disaster was also announced by Nikos Papaefstathiou, the head of the National Health Operations Centre (EKEPY) attached to the health ministry, in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).