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Halkidiki battered by powerful storm: 6 dead, 100 injured

Halkidiki battered by powerful storm: 6 dead, 100 injured”

At least six people were killed and dozens more injured when a massive storm struck the northern Greek region of Halkidiki on July 10. Television footage showed overturned cars, fallen trees, torn roofs and mudslides.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy from Romania were killed when a roof collapsed on a restaurant in the beach resort of Nea Plagia.

Dragana Glisic, Serbian Consul in Thessaloniki says that a 13-year-old girl from Serbia was slightly injured, as they were informed from a General Hospital Gennimatas in Thessaloniki, while other six Serbian tourists were admitted to a hospital in Nea Moudania, where 80 tourist of diverse nationalities were also admitted.

Kaltsas said patients taken to the clinic ranged in age from 8 months to over 70. Another two were killed by falling trees.

Two elderly Czech tourists were killed when strong winds and water swept away their travel trailer, police said.

Wednesday night's storm in the northern Halkidiki peninsula ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the coast.

The freak storm lasted about 20 minutes, according to witnesses interviewed by the state broadcaster ERT.

Two Russian nationals, one of whom was a boy, also perished after a tree collapsed near their hotel in the coastal town of Potidea, authorities confirmed. Meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis described the conditions as "extremely unusual".

Meteorologists forecast it would continue to rain in the area until about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Meanwhile, authorities declared Halkidiki in a state of emergency, and Greece's newly appointed citizens' protection minister was due to visit early on Thursday.

Civil Protection Minister Mihalis Chrisochoidis, at the scene, said Greece was mourning the loss of life, adding: "In coming days all damage will be repaired".

At least 140 rescue workers were involved in the operation, emergency chief Vassilis Varthakoyannis said.

Indeed, the tornadoes and hailstorms that caused the destruction came after a period of hot weather, with temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).



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