New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged on Wednesday to ensure that major flood protection works are completed.
He made the promise during a visit to Mandra in western Athens, where 23 people died in flash floods earlier this month.
“There is blame for these works not progressing and it is my personal pledge that the large anti-flood infrastructure projects will be finished as soon as possible so we never have to mourn any dead again,” he said.
Mistotakis’s support was welcomed by Mandra Mayor Ioanna Kriekouki, who said she felt that the opposition party leader’s visit and words “give us strength for the coming days.”
The conservative chief also stressed the importance of those affected receiving financial aid as soon as possible.
Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Wednesday that the compensation which has been set aside for the victims in western Attica will start being paid out by the end of the week.