An attempt is under way on Crete to get the bulldozers back to work as the two-year suspension of demolitions on the island has led to an increase in illegal structures erected on its beaches.
Indicatively, 154 demolition protocols are pending in Iraklio, 130 in Lasithi, 80 in Hania and six in Rethymno.
It was off the coast of Lasithi
General Secretary for Civil Protection Yiannis Tafyllis on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the municipality of Oropedio in the Cretan prefecture of Lasithi due to damage from heavy rainfall over the past few days.
The bad weather has wreaked serious damage to roads, homes, businesses and particularly to crops.
Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the engine on a bus carrying Italian tourists in Crete.
Local media report that all passengers were safely evacuated from the vehicle, which was destroyed in the blaze.
The alarm was sounded shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday as the bus was approaching the small town of Neapoli, in Lasithi prefecture.