The impact of the flash floods that struck Mandra on the western outskirts of Athens last week, killing 21 people, has been devastating.
The disaster, nevertheless, once again brought to the fore that dynamic section of Greek society that always rushes to provide emergency assistance during times of crisis and helps with the more long-term healing process whenever it can.
Young people, groups of volunteers, and private businesses all came together, united by a single purpose, and helped to keep the flood-stricken Mantra, a town already suffering from the lingering financial crisis, on its feet.
Some critics tend to scorn acts of solidarity. They only seem to embrace the notion when it serves their partisan objectives. Civil society, which rose to the challenge in Mandra, showed it has grown and matured. Here’s one good thing to have come out of the crisis.