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00:06  12 july  2019
00:06  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe Greece declared a state of emergency after a storm in the Halkidiki peninsula killed six tourists and injured

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Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press Workers check the damages at a gas station after a storm at Nea Potidea village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A search and rescue operation is underway in northern Greece for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured more than 100. (Giannis Moisiadis/InTime News via AP)

A state of emergency has been declared in an area of northern Greece after a violent storm tore through seaside resorts, killing six tourists. A fisherman, who had been missing, was also found dead Thursday taking the death toll to seven.

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A powerful storm has hit northern Greece , killing six people including a child. The storm lashed the northern Halkidiki region late on Wednesday, toppling trees and power pylons, cutting power and blocking roads. Emergency service officials said 65 people had been injured and 35 taken to hospital.

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press People search and clean after a storm at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A search and rescue operation is underway in northern Greece for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured more than 100. (Vassilis Konstantopoulos/InTime News via AP)

The widespread damage wrought by the storm has renewed calls from civil protection experts, environmental groups, and the country's Orthodox Church for a shift in policies to address the impact of climate change on Greece's coastline terrain.

Powerful gales late Wednesday hammered the Halkidiki peninsula snapping trees and power pylons, tossing vehicles and flinging beach lounge chairs into trees, leaving swathes of debris across the coastline.

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Moment Deadly Storm Hits Greece ’s Halkidiki Captured on Video. Footage shot on Thursday morning shows the devastation caused by the storm that hit Halkidiki region in northern Greece late on Wednesday. Dozens were injured as Halkidiki had declared a state of emergency .

Emergency services officials said around 65 people had been injured, of whom 35 were taken to hospital, after the storm hit the northern Halkidiki region late on Wednesday Another two were killed by falling trees. A state of emergency was declared in the region, a peninsula near the northern city

Authorities said 22 people remain hospitalised, including a woman in critical condition, and more than 100 others received medical attention. Six of the dead were tourists: two each from Russia, the Czech Republic and Romania.

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press An overturned vehicle is seen on a beach at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A powerful storm hit northern Greece late Wednesday. (Giannis Moisiadis/InTime News via AP)

Two of those who died were killed when high winds overturned their recreational vehicle, while an 8-year-old boy and his mother were killed when an outdoor restaurant's lean-to roof collapsed. Another two were killed by falling trees.

The storm occurred nearly a year after a wildfire near Athens killed at least 100 people during a heatwave, and prompted concern over more frequent damaging weather events.

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A state of emergency was declared following the deadly thunderstorm, which also cut power across the region. Downed trees blocked roads. After welcoming the return of drier weather on Thursday, a shower or thunderstorm will rattle parts of the region during the afternoons of Friday and Saturday.

Greece declared a state of emergency after a storm in the Halkidiki peninsula killed six tourists and injured dozens more on Wednesday. Footage shows aftermath of the storm at a beach in the village of Nikiti. Local media report that a Romanian woman and an 8-year-old boy were killed after a

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press Debris are seen after a storm on a beach at Vergia village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece on Thursday, July 11, 2019. A powerful storm hit the northern Halkidiki region late Wednesday. (Giannis Moisiadis/InTime News via AP)

"From now on, these phenomena will occur with increasing frequency, especially in the Mediterranean area which is sensitive to climate change," Efthymis Lekkas, a professor at Athens University's Department of Geology and Geo-environment, who heads a public agency for earthquake and disaster planning, told state-run TV.

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press People search and clean a damaged square after a storm at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A search and rescue operation is underway in northern Greece for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured more than 100. (Vassilis Konstantopoulos/InTime News via AP)

"We must definitely adapt our civil protection plans and incorporate updated scientific knowledge and know-how to deal with these phenomena."

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Emergency services officials said around 65 people had been injured, of whom 35 were taken to hospital, after the storm hit the northern Halkidiki region late on Wednesday Another two were killed by falling trees. A state of emergency was declared in the region, a peninsula near the northern city

The moment when the deadly storm hit Halkidiki in northern Greece on Wednesday evening was Dozens were injured as Halkidiki had declared a state of emergency . Νεα Καλλικράτεια πριν 15 Greek Resort in Ruins After Deadly Storm (video). American Scientist Suzanne Eaton Suffocated to

The environmental group Greenpeace called in the government to abandon plans to expand offshore natural gas exploitation and invest in renewable alternatives.

"We know that increased temperatures produce more catastrophic weather events," said Nikos Charalambides, head of Greenpeace in Greece. "We only have a few years left to address our lack of response to climate change."

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press People search and clean a beach after a storm at Sozopoli village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A search and rescue operation is underway in northern Greece for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured more than 100. (Vassilis Konstantopoulos/InTime News via AP)

Greece's Orthodox Church leader, Archbishop Ieronymos, criticized the "indiscriminate use of natural resources that burden the atmosphere and ultimately causes climate change."

The storm in Halkidiki was the first major event to be addressed by the country's new conservative government following a general election Sunday. The army was ordered to help civilian agencies restore power and running water to damaged areas and end road closures and disruptions to rail services.

The Culture Ministry said monasteries at the nearby Orthodox Christian monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos — the easternmost section of the three-finger Halkidiki peninsula — did not suffer any serious damage.

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Officials have declared a state of emergency in Halkidiki and Greece 's newly appointed citizens' protection minister is due to visit this morning. A BRIT mum has told how she was forced to flee the deadly Greece storms last night with her “The storm hit very suddenly, killing the lights, all power

Strewn debris is seen after heavy storms hit Nea Plagia, Chalkidiki, northern Greece on Wednesday night. A Russian man and his son were killed when a tree fell near their hotel at the seaside resort of Authorities declared a state of emergency in Halkidiki after many structures were damaged.

Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts© Provided by The Associated Press A man rides a bicycle among debris after a storm at Nea Plagia village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A powerful storm hit the northern Halkidiki region late Wednesday. (Giannis Moisiadis/InTime News via AP) (Giannis Moisiadis/InTime News via AP)


Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts
Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts
Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts
Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts

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