The Athens Hol­lande didn’t see

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

struc­tion to many parts of the cap­i­tal, and caus­ing at least one man to lose his life. In Menidi, Ka­matero and Ilion, the Escha­tia and Pikrodafni streams were over­flow­ing. The floods hit the western – mostly poor – sub­urbs of At­tica for the umpteenth time be­cause of the state’s ram­pant in­dif­fer­ence and un­reg­u­lated con­struc­tion. It has been so for decades. Af­ter ev­ery nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, prom­ises are made that things will be rec­ti­fied, but the half­hearted at­tempts are soon aban­doned. Mean­while, the re­spon­si­bil­ity for this ab­hor­rent state of af­fairs is con­stantly be­ing passed on from one author­ity to the next. The re­gional author­ity blames the In­fras­truc­ture Min- istry, the In­fras­truc­ture Min­istry points the fin­ger at the lo­cal author­i­ties and all three to­gether say it is the fault of money-grub­bing, rule-break­ing con­trac­tors and builders, etc, etc. The res­i­dents of the stricken ar­eas are not all free of blame, as many of them are own­ers who in­sisted, at a price, on build­ing their homes in ar­eas that were bla­tantly il­le­gal. Thank­fully, At­tica doesn’t ex­pe­ri­ence the kind of ex­treme weather that ev­ery so of­ten slams parts of the United States, for ex­am­ple. Had it been any other way, the Greek cap­i­tal may well have been razed to the ground. So, when the rain stops, the floods ease and

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