Checks to regulate state aid for Cephalonia quake

Engineers are to start a second round of checks on Monday on buildings that were damaged by two strong earthquakes on the Ionian island of Cephalonia in a bid to determine how many residents are eligible for state aid.

The process of application for benefits is to be strictly monitored to ensure money goes only to those genuinely in need and that the system is not exploited, local officials said.

Although aftershocks continued on the island, improved weather conditions allowed repairs to buildings and infrastructure to progress.

Meanwhile, islanders who have been sleeping in their cars since their homes were rendered unsafe were to be moved to a cruise liner, officials said.