Cleaning operation continues in Volos, Mount Pelion after torrential rain

A view shows a destroyed main road connecting the touristic villages of Portaria and Makrynitsa, after torrential rains destroyed the infrastructure and caused flooding in the area, in Portaria, Greece, on September 6, 2023. [Louisa Gouliamaki/Reuters]

Authorities in the city of Volos and its prefecture of Magnessia, including the popular tourist region of Mount Pelion, in central Greece, were struggling to remove the debris and restore water supply following a two-day deluge that flooded the city and caused landslides in various parts of the prefecture.

In Volos proper, pumping stations and a large part of the water distribution network have been destroyed by the storm this past week.

Through some repairs the city has been supplying non-drinkable water intermittently and by rotation at specific times, while bottled water has been brought in the city by trucks and ship paid for by the city and by donors. It has been distributed through city halls in the city proper and nearby areas.

At the same time, city personnel are working at removing mud and materials to clear streets, which are also blocked by cars...

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