Eight Dead, 2,000 Homes Destroyed, Millions in Damage from Flood on Greek Island of Evia



Damage to a concrete seawall on the island of Evia after storm “Thalia.” Greek Reporter photo

One day after the destructive floods in Evia finds the north of the island cut off completely from the center and south, 2,000 homes destroyed, most of the island without drinking water, and millions in damage. A total of eight people lost their lives in the severe weather system dubbed Thalia.

According to the Athens Observatory, 300 mm (11.8 inches) of rain fell in the span of eight hours. The forecast, already grim, had been for 63 mm of rain, making the weather phenomenon in Evia one of the most extreme ever experienced.

As a result, thousands of homes were flooded, while muddy torrents swept away hundreds of vehicles. Over 2,000 homes were completely destroyed by the flooding.

One infant and two adults were killed in the Politika area, three adults died in the Bourtzi area, and two adults were killed in Amfithea.

A body that was located early Monday in the sea off Kalamos belonged to the 72-year-old man who had been reported missing from the village of Bourtzi during the flash floods. The body was transferred to KAT hospital in Athens where it was identified by family members.

The Lilas River bridge was put out of service by the flooding; any connection between Chalkida and southern Evia can now be made only on foot. Greek Reporter photo

The actual damage is for all intents and purposes incalculable; the areas that suffered the most are Psachna, Politika, Bourtzi Vasilikou and Lefkandi.

The fire service rescued 97 people who had been trapped by the swiftly-rising waters, while the service received a total of 664 calls, most of them to pump water from buildings.

The Ministry of Health sent a team of psychologists from the Psychiatric Hospital of Athens to provide emotional support to the thousands of Evia residents affected by the floods.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis toured the devastated areas of the island of Evia on Monday, where he spoke to the residents affected by this weekend’s severe flooding.

Greek Reporter was on the scene of the disaster and took exclusive photographs of the damage.

The floods even damaged sturdy concrete and stone structures on Evia. Greek Reporter photo
Muddy waters flowed everywhere, depositing silt everywhere. Greek Reporter Photo
Dumpsters and taverna furniture strewn about on the Evia coast. Greek Reporter photo
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