Sunday September 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
27o C
19o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Cephalonia quake damage assessment being wrapped up

Just under a week after a 5.9-Richter earthquake hit the Ionian island of Cephalonia authorities are close to completing the first round of inspections to buildings damaged by Sundays tremor, which was followed by dozens of strong aftershocks.

People are starting to return to their homes," Cephalonia Mayor Alexandros Parisis told Kathimerini. Hundreds of residents spent nearly a week sleeping outdoors or on two ferries dispatched to the island for this reason.

Less than 1,000 people are still on the ships. They will be leaving gradually over the next few days, Parisis added.

A report published on Friday by the Infrastructure Ministry, which is responsible for the inspections, said that 500 of 1,000 homes that have so far been assessed, most in the town Lixouri, just 2 kilometers from the earthquakes epicenter, have been deemed uninhabitable.

The report added that six of the islands 53 schools need to undergo repairs before children can return, while the general hospital at Lixouri will reopen within the next few days despite small cracks in its supporting pillars.

The Environment Ministry, meanwhile, on Friday announced a measure ensuring that owners of illegally built homes on Cephalonia and nearby Ithaca that have suffered damage will be granted an extension to pay a fee securing amnesty from demolition. The measure will be presented to Parliament in the next few days.

ekathimerini.com , Friday Jan 31, 2014 (21:20)  
Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
Police refute reports of Jihadi training
Govt drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
Greek commuters have relatively long wait
Record sum of new debts to the state in August
Expired debts to the state rose to a record high in August, according to data released on Friday by the Finance Ministry. The sum of taxes and fines that remained unpaid after their deadline...
Greece can meet its needs on its own
Greece will be able to meet its obligations without any new assistance from the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis said on Friday in London, leaving the door ope...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Triumph for PAOK, historic result for Asteras in Europa League
Greek teams produced a patchy record on the opening night of the Europa League group stage on Thursday, as PAOK thrashed Dynamo Minsk, Asteras Tripolis snatched a draw at Besiktas and Panath...
SOCCER
Financial crisis forces Greek second division postponement
Greece's second soccer division Football League announced on Wednesday the postponement of the start of the season due to financial difficulties being faced by most clubs. "The board of dire...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Universities threatened by transfers
The problem arising from the abuse of the Greek university transfer system whereby some students are allowed to move to an institution of their choice instead of the one they were admitted...
EDITORIAL
Capital changes
A sizable part of the middle of the Greek capital has been slated to receive a significant makeover with the implementation of an urban restructuring project which includes turning a key cit...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
2. Police refute reports of Jihadi training
3. Govt drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
4. Greek commuters have relatively long wait
5. IKA uncovers benefits scam at Kerameikos branch
6. Man dies in well accident
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece can meet its needs on its own
2. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
3. Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
4. Police refute reports of Jihadi training
5. Govt drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
6. Special guard arrested over extortion, bribery
Today
This Week
1. Greece on standby
2. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Lost in the fog
5. Greece can meet its needs on its own
6. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.