Emer­gency de­clared af­ter storm on is­land

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

ATHENS, Greece — Greek au­thor­i­ties have de­clared a state of emer­gency on the small Aegean Sea is­land of Symi af­ter a tor­ren­tial rain­fall flooded homes and shops, swept ve­hi­cles into the sea and cut power to the is­land. The head of the civil pro­tec­tion agency, Gian­nis Ka­pakis, an­nounced the emer­gency on Tues­day af­ter Mon­day’s storm turned streets into tor­rents of mud, in­un­dated the lo­cal power sta­tion and cut the elec­tric­ity sup­ply for hours. About 10 cars were swept into the is­land’s main har­bour.

The coast guard brought fire­fight­ers with wa­ter pump­ing equip­ment to Symi from the nearby is­land of Rhodes, while the mil­i­tary sent 19 sol­diers with earth-mov­ing equip­ment and a gen­er­a­tor to help cleanup ef­forts.

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