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Explosion causes extensive power outages on Crete
22 March 2019 via ekathimerini
An explosion at a Public Power Corporation (PPC) station in Iraklio, Crete, has lead to
extensive power outages across the island.
No injuries were reported following the blast
Repair crews worked into the night on Friday to repair the damage from a blast at a Public
Power Corporation plant in Iraklio on Crete, which had left many parts of the island region
without electricity for several hours, including its industrial zone and the city center.
Experts are investigating the cause of the explosion at the plant, which is one of three serving
the island of some 630,000 residents. Iraklio is drawing power from Hania while its unit is
Initial reports suggested the problem lay with a backup transformer used after the plant’s main
Missing Farmer on Crete Found Dead
26 February 2019 via ANA
The body of a 61-year-old farmer who went missing when his car was swept away by the
force of a rain-swollen torrent was recovered on Tuesday, about 10 km from the spot where
the car was swept away on a rural road near the Vatoudiaris River in Crete.
The search operation was launched early on Monday after the farmer was reported missing,
with rescue worker initially finding the car but not the farmer’s body.
“The prime minister has ordered that all necessary actions be taken immediately to restore
the networks and damage caused to the island,” Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirzis
stressed on Monday evening at Chania, Crete.
Spirtzis arrived in Chania to chair a broad meeting on the damages caused by the recent
torrential rain and measures that need to be taken.
He also announced that the procedures are in place to give the region 10 million
eurosdirectly for the opening of the roads and the restoration of damages.
Three rescued after car plunges off cliff in Crete
12 March 2019 ekathimerini
A woman and her two children on Tuesday were pulled out of a car that fell off a cliff at a
rural road in the regional unit of Rethymno, northern Crete.
According to initial information, the woman was driving on the road linking Sisses with
Aloides when she lost control of the vehicle and plunged from a height of about 80 meters.
Drivers who witnessed the accident called the EKAV ambulance service which arrived with an
EMAK rescue team and managed to rescue the three passengers trapped inside.
All three were transferred to a hospital in Rethymno where they are being treated for their
The woman is believed to be in more serious condition than the children, but no details were
immediately available on their health.
Crete damage to exceed 100 million euros
28 February 2019 ekathimerini
The damage to roads, buildings and infrastructure caused by the torrential rain and gales
that hit the island of Crete earlier in the week will exceed 100 million euros, according to
Regional Governor Stavros Arnaoutakis.
He said the precise cost will be known after a team of Infrastructure Ministry experts and
local engineers complete their assessment of the damage.
“The figure will be higher than the initial estimates of 100 million euros,” he said.
Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said on Wednesday Crete will receive 10 million
euros in emergency aid.
39 people die of flu in Greece
7 February 2019 via www.keeptalkinggreece.com
Flu death toll increases in Greece by each and every day, the number of dead has reached 39
people, Greece’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control, KELLPNO, said on Thursday.
84% of the victims belonged to risk groups or were not vaccinated.
The death toll reached its peak last week when a total 20 people died.
Among the dead are 37 adults aged 25-90.
.One baby younger than 12 months and a 5-year-old child are also among the victims.
The baby was born with a serious health problem irrelevant to the flu disease. It was
hospitalized in Intensive Care Unit with tracheotomy.
The 5-year-old girl from Crete was suffering from pneumonia caused by staphylococcus
inflection, a serious health problem.
There are currently 165 patients hospitalized in ICU due to health complications caused by the
flu infection with H1N1 strain. 75% of them either belong to risk groups or were not vaccinated.
EU delivers ultimatum on Crete linkup
30 January 2019 ekathimerini
The European Commission has sent Athens an ultimatum regarding the planned power
interconnection between Greece’s mainland electricity grid and the island of Crete and its
funding by the Projects of Common Interest framework.
In a January 15 letter to Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, Energy Commissioner Miguel
Arias Canete warned the project may have to proceed on national funding alone, in which
case Greece will also have to consider the geopolitical implications of Cyprus’s energy
isolation, as well as the financial implications from missing out on European Union subsidies.
The distance between Greece and Brussels stems from the arbitrary concession of the
Attica-Crete electricity interconnection project to Ariadne, a 100 percent subsidiary of state-
run Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE), while the EuroAsia Interconnector
consortium had already started the process for the approval of subsidies for the Crete-
Attica linkup that would form part of the Brussels-funded connection project of Israel with
Cyprus, Crete and mainland Greece.