Quake aid for victims

Rescue workers put up a tent in the village of Valmi to help accommodate those left without a home in the northwestern Peloponnese, where a 6.5 Richter earthquake struck on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100. National and Piraeus banks, two of the country’s largest lenders, announced yesterday that customers in the area hit by the tremor will be given extensions to meet their financial commitments. Separately, Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said he does not expect the local tourism industry to be harmed by the earthquake. «It (the earthquake) did not affect any hotel, it did not affect tourism infrastructure, it did not affect any area,» said the minister after meeting with SETE, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.