According to the mayors and the deputy governor of the prefecture, the heavy rains that have been affecting Evros for the last 24 hours are leaving large wounds in their passage.
In particular, the mayor of Soufli, Panagiotis Kalakikos, states in APE-MPE, that at the end of the day Dadia and the area of Mikro Derio with seven settlements remain excluded, where some elderly people were removed from their homes earlier, while special attention is needed. in the settlement of Mavrokklisio. According to Mr. Kalakikos, in the afternoon the fire brigade proceeded by boat to rescue three illegal immigrants, who were trapped in an abandoned house in Mikro Derios. The three men, according to the deputy governor of Evros, Dimitris Petrovic, were transported by EKAB ambulance to the Alexandroupolis hospital in order to be provided with first aid.
The mayor of Didymoteicho, Romylos Hatzigiannoglou, describes the amount of water that passes through the bridge of the settlement of Avdella, in the former municipality of Metaxades and goes to the river Evros, which is about 35 kilometers, as “huge”. “Next to the bridge of Avdella is the village of Polia, where due to the breaking of the embankments, the plain in front of the settlement was flooded and we proceeded to evacuate the houses that are low, transporting the residents, either to relatives or to Didymoteicho, in order to to be accommodated in a hotel in the city “, states Mr. Hatzigiannoglou. He estimates that during the night, the city of Didymoteicho is safe, as the water level in Erythropotamos is high and needs attention, but it still does not reach the level of danger. He clarifies, however, that “from what appears from the water coming from the Greek-Bulgarian border, great care will be needed in the morning, when a very high water level is expected next to the city”. Regarding the condition of the road network, Mr. Hatzigiannoglou states that the provincial road network has a problem on two bridges of Erythropotamos – Avdella and Vrysika – as well as outside the settlement of Ellinochori.
The huge damage suffered by the DEYA network is so far the biggest problem created by the intense weather phenomena, according to the mayor of Alexandroupolis, Giannis Zampoukis. “. We may have a problem with the water supply in the next 10-15 days and we will need to save money and get bottled water. With heavy rainfall, a lot of mud has fallen on the reservoirs and boreholes, and the erosion of the soil is such that the water pipes are visible. We must be very careful not to contaminate the water we have, and obviously we have a lot of damage on the dam, which, however, was not possible to approach due to the condition of the road network “, he states characteristically to APE-MPE. He speaks of the greatest catastrophe of DEYA to date “that is why it is urgent to begin the process of declaring a state of emergency, because the recordings, assessments and verifications will take a very long time and must become as soon as possible “.
Mr. Zamboukis characterizes water as the most dangerous of all natural elements and notes that weather phenomena of this intensity can not be predicted and limit the possibility of action until they are relieved. Under these circumstances, priority is given to the safety of human life. Regarding the readiness of the municipality to deal with the damage, Mr. Zamboukis states that “the services of the municipality in cooperation with the fire brigade, the police and the army, were present in the incidents of release of students from two schools, and transfer residents in safe places. “We had on standby buses, buses and special wheelchairs for the disabled, in case the residents needed to be transported or transported, as well as a heated room in the municipal theater of Feron, while the supply of water, food and blankets were provided”.
We remain on alert, says the deputy governor of Evros, Dimitris Petrovic. “The next thing we have to deal with is the volume of water that is released from the Ivaylovgrad dam and cannot be absorbed in Evros.” Making a first record of the damage caused by heavy rainfall, Mr Petrovic said: “We have had a lot of damage to infrastructure, roads, the agricultural sector. I contacted the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalia, the Deputy Minister of Interior, Stelios Petsas, the President of ELGA, Andreas Lykourentzos, while I am in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, in order to of large losses. We are now focusing on the next day, after the disasters and the threat of the big rivers. In the assessment of the damages and in the assessment of the situation in general but also in our readiness, in relation to the possibility of overflow of the dams and the consequences of river floods, which are very dangerous and have nothing to do with the torrents “.
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