Greece: Evros declared in state of emergancy

Greece: Evros declared in state of emergancy

Athens, December 11, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

In a state of emergency was declared by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, many areas of Evros in westerns Thrace Greece.

Specifically, the state of emergency refers to certain settlements in Orestiada, Didymoteicho, Soufli and Feres, after the request formulated by the Coordinating Body for Civil Protection (SOPP) of the prefect of Evros.

According to the latest figures from the local authorities, more than 80,000 acres have flooded in the region of Evros, from the breakage of dikes and artificial relieves of the river.

Deputy prefect of Evros Dimitris Petrovic has put on a state of alert the whole mechanism of the Regional prefect of Evros, in order to have the maximum degree of mobilisation, in case there is a further increase in the water level of the river, which could even jeopardise residential areas.

At the same time, emergency measures are taken daily by the turkish authorities as well, at the customs office of “Kastanies”, since due to the floods they partially close the office throughout the day, preventing the passage of all vehicles from this border crossing.