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Thousands Trapped in Central Greece Due to Floods

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The road network at Mt. Pelion is virtually destroyed trapping thousands, Credit: Facebook/Giorgos Megariotis

Thousands of people are trapped in several villages and tourist resorts of Mt. Pelion, central Greece following the torrential rains and the floods in Thessaly.

Reports say that the infrastructure and the road network have been destroyed especially in the eastern and southern parts of Pelion.

According to AMNA perhaps as many as 1,000 people are waiting for help to evacuate in the Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi.

Zagora with its 2,500 inhabitants is blocked for the fourth day after the road network has been destroyed in many places and there is no electricity, water and food.

Horefto, the port of Zagora and the tourist resort of Pelion, is cut off by road and 250 residents and tourists remain stranded in the area.

The situation is similar in Agios Ioannis, where around 500 residents and vacationers are trapped.

Pelion villages in Greece run out of supplies due to floods

Puri is also blocked, as the only communication road with Zagora has been destroyed. The same is the case with Mouresi, which is inaccessible due to the collapse of the bridge in the Mavroutsa area.

Puri is also cut off from Zagora and the village remains without electricity and there is no food for its 400 inhabitants.

None of the villages of the Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi can now communicate with any other, and neither with Volos, while the only solution is to supply all these settlements from the air with helicopters.

In South Pelion, residents and vacationers are trying to realize the magnitude of the disaster.

Roads have disappeared, bridges have collapsed and communication with Volos is almost impossible.

On Thursday 185 people were rescued from Mikros and Platanias with a tourist boat which managed to reach the two settlements.

Similar operations were also carried out in Milina, Horto and Koukouleika with three vessels of the Coast Guard that removed dozens of people from these areas.

All the boats with freed people arrived in the evening at the port of Volos, where buses were waiting to take him to temporary accommodation.

The damages are incalculable in Milina, which was completely flooded, in Horto and Platanias where houses, properties and cars were swept away and lost in the sea, while in Kala Vere and Tsagarada all the infrastructure was destroyed.

Near Kala Nera towards Boufa, the big bridge in Belegrino collapsed and the connection of Volos with the whole of South Pelion was completely cut off, but already with the intervention of the Greek Army, an operation has begun to connect the two sides with the installation of a Belley-type iron bridge .

Major problems and huge damages have also occurred in Milies, Draceia, Lechonia and Agria of Volos.

The extreme weather has subsided and efforts are now being turned to rescue operations for the trapped and missing, the exact number of which remains unknown.

Storm Daniel, which has battered Greece since Monday, triggered landslides, destroyed a bridge, caused the collapse of power poles, and carried away dozens of cars in muddy waters, just days after a deadly wildfire in the northern part of the country.

This is a developing story

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