A resident stands in front of his flooded house in Rizovouni, near Karditsa, after storm 'Daniel' swept across central Greece, 11 September 2023. EFE/EPA/ACHILEAS CHIRAS

Central Greece remains submerged in mud days after storm “Daniel”

Athens, Sep 12 (EFE).– Central Greece had remained immersed in mud on Tuesday, eight days after the storm “Daniel” struck the region, causing floods and mudslides that claimed 15 lives, while leaving thousands without access to electricity and clean water supply.

A car coverd with mud in Rizovouni, near Karditsa, after storm 'Daniel' swept across central Greece, 11 September 2023. EFE/EPA/ACHILEAS CHIRAS

Although water levels began to recede Monday, in the most affected regions such as Karditsa, Trikala, and Larisa, several villages remained cut off, reachable only by rafts or boats, due to prevailing floodwater.

A flooded district near Larissa, after storm Daniel swept across central Greece, 11 September 2023. EFE/EPA/APOSTOLIS DOMALIS

Regional authorities reported that residents in the affected areas were experiencing shortages of essential supplies, including medicines, food and potable water.

They have also warned about the potential outbreak of infectious diseases due to stagnant water and presence of thousands of carcasses of livestock that perished in the floods.

The section of the national highway passing through the affected region, crucial for connecting the south and north of Greece, has remained submerged for four consecutive days.

Additionally, authorities have described the damage to railway infrastructure as “extensive.”

A newly married Austrian couple on their honeymoon in the Magnesia region has been missing since Sep. 5.

In Volos, the capital of Magnesia, approximately 150,000 residents have been without drinking water supply for eight consecutive days.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has described the storm as the “most extreme meteorological phenomenon in the country’s history” and pledged to seek “maximum support from the European Union” to deal with the aftermath of the catastrophe.

The Greek government has announced aid packages of up to 16,000 euros for each house affected or destroyed by the storm.

Beyond the damage to infrastructure, the catastrophe has inflicted a significant blow to agriculture, as the floods particularly impacted the country’s largest agriculture plain. EFE