Power Returns to Greek Island After 34-Hour Blackout



Visitors boarding ferries to leave Hydra on Monday

Electricity and water supplies were restored on the Greek island of Hydra on Monday afternoon, after a power outage since early Sunday morning.

The Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE) apologized for the blackout and said it had restored a fault in the power network on the island and activated the supplementary cable that connects the Hydra electricity network with the Greek mainland through an underwater cable.

Hydra business owners complained that the financial damage is great since the blackout occurred at the peak of the tourist season.

Cash withdrawal machines were not working, while mini-markets, restaurants and ice-cream shops on Hydra saw much of their stock destroyed in the summer heat, Greece’s SKAI TV said. Telecommunications were also limited.

One restaurant owner said on ANT1 television that he was forced to send away about 100 customers on Sunday and another 70 who had made reservations for Monday. In addition to this, he also had to throw away all the food he had in the restaurant.

According to the ANT1 report, many tourists tried to book tickets to leave the island on Sunday evening.