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New Flood Warning Issued Over Lake’s Rising Water Levels in Greece

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The city of Volos remained without safe drinking water for the 11th day. Credit: AMNA

Authorities have warned residents of villages near Lake Karla in central Greece to be vigilant following rising water levels from the recent flood.

Waters from the Pineios River continued to feed into the lake on Friday. Villages on the lakeshore, such as Stefanovikio, Rizomylos and Kanalia, received a 112 alert on Thursday night, urging residents to remain vigilant.

Before it was drained in the early 1960s to create farmland, Lake Karla covered an area of 180 square kilometers. In 2018, 37 square kilometers of the original lake was restored.

City of Volos is without drinking water due to the flood

Meanwhile, the city of Volos remained without safe drinking water, with authorities warning of the danger of disease, for the 11th consecutive day as the capital of flood-stricken Magnesia struggled to overcome the serious problems in the wake of Storm Daniel.

Apart from the mud left behind after the water receded, many of the city’s businesses are unable to operate due to a lack of water – including dairy and soft drinks manufacturing units, as well as heavy industry that uses water for cooling – and because the mud has destroyed basic equipment.

The lack of clean water is also a blow to the city’s hospitality sector, such as bars and restaurants, while the city’s hotels are empty due to mass cancellations of bookings.

The main highway in Greece remains under flood water

The Athens-Thessaloniki national road remains shut to traffic due to flooding.

Most areas that were flooded or completely submerged in the Karditsa area, including Palamas, are now accessible by road except for Metamorfossi, Marathea, Korda and Vlochos, which are accessible only by large vehicles.

In Vlochos residents have decided to remain in the village. Keramidi near Trikala has been evacuated and remains inaccessible.

The mountain road network to Aspropotamos at Trikala is destroyed and villages in the region are being supplied with basic needs by helicopter, while efforts are focused on trying to open new access roads from Pyli through forestland.

In the Larissa prefecture, water pumping continues in the villages around the city proper, while the road from Larissa to Tyrnavos has been opened only to buses.

More than 200,000 dead animals

More than 200,000 dead animals have been declared to the Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA) in Thessaly, central Greece, according to Minister of Rural Development and Food Lefteris Avgenakis.

Speaking from the Crisis Coordination Center in Larissa, Avgenakis said that 61,786 sheep and goats, 19,355 pigs, 5,306 cattle, and 123,810 birds have so far been reported dead.

According to Avgenakis, there is difficulty in approaching the livestock units, which results in problems in the collection and management of dead animals.

Avgenakis stated that “dealing with issues concerning public health is the responsibility of all of us,” encouraging individuals to take measures to try and avoid health hazards.

Related: The EU Offers Greece €2.25 Billion to Recover From Deadly Floods

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