The flash floods in Mandra were caused by extreme weather, but human irresponsibility and bureaucracy that led to destruction and the loss of 24 lives were even more extreme, said the team of inspectors at the General Inspector of Public Administration, in a report on the tragedy, published on Thursday by the newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton.
The inspectors said that the rainfall was very heavy, and the simultaneous merging of overflow from two streams; which had been filled in by construction, played a very crucial role.
They also pointed out the responsibility of the public services and agencies for the delays in implementing flood protection works, and the irresponsibility of local authorities, which built the municipal bus depot of Mandra, over one of the filled-in streams.
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