Killer storm ravages Northern Greece

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 12 Jul 2019

A freak storm killed at least six people and injured dozens in northern Greece.

Strong winds and hail hit the tourist region of Halkidiki near the city of Thessaloniki, leaving cars overturned, trees down, roofs torn and mudslides.

The storm lasted only 20 minutes on Wednesday night.

"It was an unprecedented phenomenon," said Charalambos Steriadis, head of civil protection in the region after a state of emergency was declared. "Six tourists were killed and at least 30 people were injured during this cyclone."

Incidents included the overturning and ripping open of a caravan occupied by a Czech family on a beach, killing an elderly couple and injuring their son and grandson.

A Russian man and his son were killed by a falling tree while a woman from Romania and her child died when the roof of a tavern caved in as dozens of people dined.

And according to marine police a fisherman in his sixties was missing.

The storm also knocked out power in the area.

It made for a baptism of fire for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the new-term prime minister from Sunday after a general election.

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