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live Houses evacuated as the River Maritsa dike bursts

12 December 2014 / 13:12:16  GRReporter
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The coordination staff of the civil protection service in Evros has ordered the immediate evacuation of people from their houses in Ormenio near the River Maritsa (in its Greek part) since the river dike has burst under the pressure of swollen waters.

According to deputy governor of Evros Dimitris Petrovic, the evacuation of people from the houses near the river is deemed necessary because the scale of the flood is not clear.

The wave of bad weather and heavy rains has covered Athens as well. Torrential rain has caused chaos in the streets since morning. Many traffic lights are blocked which is further hampering the traffic on the main roads.

There is a traffic jam on Kifissias Avenue at the Embassy of Israel, where unknown persons had fired a Kalashnikov gun early in the morning. The police have closed off the area and are now carrying out the necessary actions. The circulation of vehicles in both directions is taking place through the subway. The intersections of Kifissias Avenue in both directions remain closed. On Katehaki Avenue, the vehicles must turn off at Adrianiou Street. In the municipality of Ilion, part of the road surface has sunk due to heavy rains.

According to the National Weather Service, intense rainfall will continue until noon today and will subsequently begin to subside.

To be continued

Tags: River MaritsaBurst dikeBad weatherTorrential rains
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