Bad weather “Athena” – The inhabitants of Evia are desperate from the floods – Few of the works have been done
Images of biblical destruction in Evia. The fires were followed by floods, due to heavy rains that hit the island. Residents with a hose and a broom in hand try to remove the mud but in vain.
“Nature is judged for the muddy streams,” they say desperately with one mouth to save what is saved.
The volume of water it captured from the mountain was huge and uncontrollable because the burnt one could not but absorb the water.
The foresters emphasize that the bad weather prevented them and the works were stopped.
Against local government and government
“The projects that should have been done have not been done. Only 10% of the works have been done “, complains the mayor of Mantoudi, George Tsapourniotis and adds:” The burned land could not hold the momentum of the water “.
The statements of the mayor of Istiaia – Edipsos, Ioannis Kontzias, are on the same wavelength. “Neither flood nor anti-corrosion works have started yet in the areas affected by the fire”, he notes in Athens 9.84 and adds:
“We have a responsibility that we did not manage to reduce the fire in time and now that we have lost the forest and the physiognomy of our place has changed, it is difficult to deal with the problems.
A mild rain that in another sense would have come as a blessing in previous years, caused great damage that was in no way unexpected, simply because it was another very important parameter, namely the forest that was lost and which offered us ” .
On the other hand, the government says that the projects have progressed rapidly
“We have started all this from the very beginning with a very intensive pace, that is to say, in terms of anti-corrosion and anti-flood works, it has made great progress in the planned process”, notes the Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, in charge of State Aid and Rehabilitation from Natural Disasters, Christos Triantopoulos.
“Despite the fact that flood protection works in Cyprus were carried out in record time in Greece, the government said that they were done, that they were human resources,” he says.
At the same time, the Ministry of Environment announces that more than 700 foresters are working in the fire-affected areas of the island and that tens of kilometers of flood and anti-corrosion works have already been completed.
“In total, 16 Forest Workers work in the fire-affected areas of Northern Evia. They are compared from different regions of the country, with more than 700 foresters for the implementation of restoration and protection projects.
So far, the following works have been completed: 34,000 meters of logs, 1,000 meters of twigs, 2,000 meters of plank walls, 700 meters of logs “, it states in the relevant announcement.