Fast-track plan to re­pair port on Kos after quake

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The gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a fast-track ten­der for the re­pair of the main port on Kos, which was struck by a strong 6.6-mag­ni­tude earth­quake last Friday that killed two peo­ple and caused wide­spread dam­age.

The aim is to get the Dode­canese is­land’s main port op­er­a­tional again by mid-Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the In­fras­truc­ture Min­istry, Gior­gos Dedes. “We de­cided that, in the first phase, we will re­pair one sec­tion of the port – the one with less dam­age – so that ves­sels can dock and con­nec­tions and sup­plies can resume,” he said. The Fi­nance Min­istry has ap­proved the re­lease of 400,000 eu­ros for that job, Dedes added.

Mean­while state en­gi­neers con­tin­ued their in­spec­tions of build­ings on the is­land. Schools, hos­pi­tals and other gov­ern­ment build­ings have not been dam­aged, Dedes said.

The last wall of the for­mer women’s prison at Ko­ry­dal­los in Pi­raeus was de­mol­ished yes­ter­day. The mu­nic­i­pal author­ity has been granted a plot on the site of the for­mer pen­i­ten­tiary to cre­ate a park for the res­i­dents of the densely pop­u­lated city. Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis and At­tica Re­gional Gov­er­nor Rena Dourou at­tended the de­mo­li­tion.

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