Violent storm in Halkidiki, Greece

Officials in Greece report that six tourists have been killed and at least 30 other people injured in a violent storm, which swept across Halkidiki on Wednesday night.

The wider area of Halkidiki is declared a state of emergency. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection and the Region of Central Macedonia have alerted all their competent services, which are trying to help hundreds of needing help.
Volunteer groups have been activated,  and all regional engineers have been notified-they will start the process of recording damage to homes and public infrastructure. At the same time there are serious electric lighting problems in the areas most affected.
The Fire Brigade is trying to get people out of homes and areas that have been destroyed. Together with volunteers, they are helping people in the wider region of Central Macedonia.
According to our local sources there are big delays in traffic and some of the roads are closed. The hospital in the area is naturally very busy so whoever visits the emergency department can expect long waiting time. Many telephone landlines in Halidiki are not working, so when phoning providers please try also to reach them on their mobile phones.
Euro-Center Cyprus is monitoring the situation and will keep you updated regarding any further developments.

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