Major problems across Greece due to severe weather

29 November 2016
135 Views

The severe weather front that swept across Greece continues to cause many problems with floods and power failures being reported throughout the country. Due to heavy rainfall and strong winds authorities temporarily shut down the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport. More specifically airport security interrupted aircraft refuelling between 8.20pm and 9.45pm due to the heavy storm. Planes approaching the airport for refuelling and landing were diverted by the tower to the airports of Thessaloniki and Chania in Crete, while two Olympic Air flights were cancelled and another 10 landed with long delays. In one instance a domestic flight from Mytilene to Limnos was forced to finally land in Samos after 2 hours in the air, after it was initially diverted back to Mytilene, before being ordered to return to Mytilene where it was unable to land due to the weather. The pilots then attempted to land at the Chios airport without success and finally touched down at the Samos airport. Main roads and houses were flooded in many areas on the island of Lesvos after rivers overflew due to torrential rain, while a strong hail storm hit the capital Mytilene resulting in extensive power outages. According to local authorities over 200mm of rain had fallen until 11pm on Monday. The fire department received many calls of distress in the north and central parts of the island, while authorities informed residents to avoid using their cars. Schools in the area of Kalloni will remain closed for Monday. Meanwhile, the Ionian island of Zakynthos, which was hit hard by heavy rains over the weekend, saw the old ‘Makris Lake” located on the west side of the main airport form again after torrential rains. A video shows the magnitude and volume of the waters that inundated the area. In Rhodes, overnight storm caused power failures in many of the island’s regions.

You may be interested

Turkish deputy-Prime Minister accuses Greece of oppressing religious minorities in latest Turkish tirade against Greece
GREECE
shares55 views
GREECE
shares55 views

Turkish deputy-Prime Minister accuses Greece of oppressing religious minorities in latest Turkish tirade against Greece

makis - Nov 17, 2017

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag accused Greece of imprisoning Muslim Imams, despite the country being a member of the…

Greek PM says country would rely on itself to face flood disaster
POLITICS
shares71 views
POLITICS
shares71 views

Greek PM says country would rely on itself to face flood disaster

makis - Nov 17, 2017

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras thanked European countries for offering to help after the flash floods in western Attica, Wednesday, which…

US meteorologist explains deadly storm that flooded Greek towns
GREECE
shares92 views
GREECE
shares92 views

US meteorologist explains deadly storm that flooded Greek towns

makis - Nov 17, 2017

“When the Atlantic hurricane season begins to quiet down in late October and November, it’s time to cast an eye…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.