Interim report: Athens flash floods' victims the result not only of extreme downpour but of human mistakes, too

Interim report: Athens flash floods' victims the result not only of extreme downpour but of human mistakes, too
The flash floods in Mandra, Attica in mid November, 2017 "were caused by extreme weather, but human irresponsibility and bureaucracy that led to destruction and the loss of 24 lives were even more extreme, said the team of inspectors at the General Inspector of Public Administration in a report on the tragedy", published on Thurday,December 28 by the Efsyn newspaper.

As inspectors said, the combined heavy rainfall with "the simultaneous merging of overflow from two streams which had been filled in by construction played a very crucial role, but also pointed out the responsibility of the public services and agencies for the delays in implementing flood protection works, and the irresponsibility of local authorities, which created the municipal bus depot of Mandra over one of the filled-in streams."

According to Inspector General of Public Administration, Maria Papaspyrou who spoke to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) about the tragedy, the report in question is an interim one, with data collected so far, adding that exact failures and irresponsible actions that caused the death of civilians will be listed in detain in the final report. Nonetheless, the interim document has been sent to the prosecutor who is working on the case.../IBNA

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