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Health Alert Issued for Flood-Stricken Central Greece

  • A flooded area in the village of Metamorfosi, Greece, Sept. 12, 2023.

    A flooded area in the village of Metamorfosi, Greece, Sept. 12, 2023. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 13 September 2023

Authorities warned the population to avoid contact with contaminated water and dead animals.

On Tuesday, regions in central Greece are on alert for the impact of the recent floods on public health. The European Union (EU) has pledged financial aid for recovery.


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To date, 46 cases of gastroenteritis and 24 cases of respiratory infection have been reported since Storm Daniel swept across the Thessaly plain and nearby areas last week, causing extensive flooding, Deputy Health Minister Eirini Agapidaki said.

"There was no need to panic," she said, but people should follow the authorities' instructions regarding drinking water and should avoid contact with contaminated waters and dead animals.

At least 38,000 sheep and 7,000 other farm animals were reported drowned, and nearly 20,000 carcasses have already been removed from the area.

Eight days after the passage of Storm Daniel, several areas of central Greece are still submerged in mud or water, as a result of floods and floods. On Tuesday, thousands of people were still without electricity or drinking water supplies.

According to the latest update, 45 villages have been affected; a large part of the plain remains a muddy lake; infrastructure, such as railway lines, bridges and roads, as well as homes, farms and fields, has been destroyed. Fifteen people died and 4,570 were evacuated to safety, according to the Fire Brigade.

The European Union stands by the Greek people affected by last week's devastating floods and Greece could mobilize up to 2.25 billion euros, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday after her meeting with Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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