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Ropoto: Inside Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town

Ropoto village in Greece
The church of Ropoto has moved more than 200 meters. Credit: AP – Greek Reporter

Watch “Ropoto: Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town,” a documentary about an abandoned village in central Greece that suffered an unprecedented natural disaster.

Ropoto was once a thriving village and home to 300 families, but a landslide in 2012 turned the village into a ghost town.

Today, forgotten by people and authorities, Ropoto’s terrain is still sinking, slowly moving the half-standing structures.

Flimsy foundations and steep inclines have been blamed for the disaster, which was first initiated by the village unable to push rainwater out to the surrounding stream.

Our 12-minute documentary shows homes and communal properties sitting askew on the hills, rendered uninhabitable.

Documentary on Ropoto, Greece

The documentary is presented by the former Ropoto Council President who was born in Ropoto.

During the course of an exploration of the site, he points out all of the buildings that no longer exist in the village, which lies 15 miles away from Trikala in northwestern Thessaly.

These include a haphazard hotel, a crumbling school, land where the village’s tavern used to stand and even his old ruined home.

According to the former inhabitant, the state has not assessed the damage and no help was offered by the authorities to those forced out of their homes.

Worse still are the claims in the video that some of the residents still have to pay property tax despite not being able to set foot in their houses.

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