Greek government special team visits Crete after deadly floods; Man dies stuck in car

A Greek government task force traveled to the island of Crete on Sunday after deadly flash floods caused widespread destruction and saw a man lose his life while trapped in his car.

The task force announced a package of support measures which will include the immediate payment of 400,000 euros to the municipality of Malevizi and the immediate payment of compensation to those affected by the disaster from state support funds. .

Deputy Interior Minister Stelios Petsas expressed his condolences over the deaths of two people swept away by floodwaters and promised the government would do all it could to help survivors “get back to normal” after the storms. damage caused by flash floods.

“We will immediately start repairing the damage. This has already started to be registered by the teams in the region,” he said, adding that the Ministry of Infrastructure will assist the services in the region for a more recovery. fast.

He said Malevizi would receive 400,000 euros to clean up and make the town and communities that were affected functional again after the disaster, while a damage record will be established so that advances can be made to businesses that have suffered. flood damage. .

Noting that “climate change is turning into a climate crisis,” Petsas said the state will support citizens in dealing with natural disasters and that requires good planning and cooperation from central and local government to achieve the best results.

Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Christos Triantopoulos, who is responsible for state support and recovery from natural disasters, promised that compensation would be provided “quickly and fairly”, and said that work on this effect had already begun, in collaboration with the local authorities.

He explained that business support would be given as part of state support, while households would receive support to replace essential household effects from the Home Office, the Disaster Recovery Directorate natural will record damage to buildings and ELGA to crops and farms. .

Also present was Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis, who said the priority must be to quickly create a damage toll, while the Mayor of Malevizi stressed the need to protect the area from flooding.

These statements were made following a meeting in the municipality of Malevizi attended by the government task force and regional and municipal officials, as well as the head of the Seismic Planning and Protection Agency, the Professor Efthymios Lekkas, expert in natural disaster management.

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