Many ar­eas strug­gling to cope with weather

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As the cold snap that gripped At­tica be­gan to sub­side yes­ter­day, other parts were strug­gling to cope with the con­se­quences of heavy snow­fall, in­clud­ing power and wa­ter cuts, while some ar­eas were cut off from the rest of the coun­try.

The front line in terms of dis­rup­tions was on the cen­tral Aegean is­land of Alonis­sos, which was strug­gling to get its elec­tric­ity back yes­ter­day af­ter fall­ing trees dam­aged the power grid. Many homes suf­fered wa­ter cuts and aid came from the nearby town of Vo­los on the main­land.

Moun­tain vil­lages in the re­gion of Plo­mari on Lesvos re­mained cut off while the heavy snow­fall caused power out­ages through­out the day, with some ar­eas in the is­land’s north go­ing with­out elec­tric­ity for 10 hours. A navy ship was also sent to Lesvos to host mi­grants that were left out in the cold.

Heavy snow also fell on Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day, blan­ket­ing the en­tire city, in­clud­ing the ma­jor coastal Nikis Avenue, while freez­ing tem­per­a­tures caused prob­lems with the wa­ter sup­ply around the city.

Strong winds and low vis­i­bil­ity re­sulted in the di­ver­sion of flights head­ing to Thes­sa­loniki.

An early morn­ing snow­storm raged across the Io­nian islands, cut­ting off vil­lages on Cephalo­nia, Zakyn­thos and Paxos. Schools will re­main closed to­day in parts of the coun­try.

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