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Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Six tourists killed as violent storm hits Halkidiki

Photos by Rik Freeman @rickfr01

Six tourists, including two children, have been killed and more than 100 people injured after a violent storm swept across Halkidiki late on Wednesday.

A statement of emergency has been declared after gale-force winds, heavy rain and hailstorms struck the popular tourist area, near the city of Thessaloniki.

Trees were uprooted, cars were overturned and buildings were damaged.

A Czech couple died when their caravan was blown away, a Romanian woman and her child were killed when the roof of a restaurant collapsed at Nea Plagia, and a Russian man and his son were killed by a falling tree near their hotel in the seaside resort of Potidea.

Athansios Kaltsas, director of the Nea Moudania Medical Centre, where many of the injured were treated, told Greek television: "It is the first time in my 25-year career that I have lived through something like this. It was so abrupt, and so sudden."

The storm came after a few days of extremely hot weather, with temperatures soaring to 37C.

British holidaymakers described panic on beaches and bars being flooded.

Power has been affected in many hotels and some tourists said there has been no running water since the storm hit.



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