Greece: Torrential Rain in Athens Causes Damage to Parliament Building


(Photo by Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bolari)

ATHENS --The torrential rain that has been falling in Attica since Thursday morning has caused minor damage to the Greek Parliament.

Small quantities of water have leaked into the inner colonnade or 'peristyle' that houses the exhibition for the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution. In addition, a piece of marble has fallen on the exterior of the building, next to the entrance on Amalias Avenue.

Earlier today, an emergency warning was sent to Attica residents from the 112 Emergency Communications Service on Thursday, warning them of dangerous weather conditions and to avoid all non-essential travel.

The unimpeded flow of traffic on Pireos Street was restored on Thursday afternoon, the traffic police reported, after it was temporarily interrupted at two points due to flooding at the junctions with Petrou Ralli and Hamosternas roads.

The fire brigade has so far received 22 calls reporting flooding, mainly in basements in Nea Philadelphia, Kato Patissia, Peristeri, Moschato, and Kifissia.

The wet weather system dubbed `Ballos' also knocked out the power in many parts of the Greek capital.


Emergency 112 warning sent to Attica residents due to severe weather. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiorgos Kontarinis)

First Snow Fall in Mountainous Areas of Western Macedonia

The first snow of the season fell early Thursday in many mountainous areas of Western Macedonian at an altitude over 1,100 metres.

Snow has been falling from early morning in the town of Nymfeo, with the height of the snow already reaching 15 cm and creating a wintery atmosphere, without however provoking traffic problems. Light snow is currently falling in the mountain pass of Vigla at the ski resort of Florina, while other villages on the mountain of Grammos are covered with snow.