Unsafe to drive on Tinos

What the inhabitants of the island of Tinos saw the day after the great storm was enough to make anyone despair: Landslides and even 3-meter cracks have appeared on the island’s two main road networks, while a small road, still being strictly monitored because it is considered unsafe, was finally constructed to re-establish access to the villages of Arnados and Triandaros which had remained cut off for days. No heavy vehicles are yet allowed on this road and the municipal authorities had to make alternative arrangements for the children to be able to reach school. The small church of Aghios Artemios has been completely destroyed and the islanders have made an appeal for its quick repair, so that people can visit it again by the beginning of the next tourist season in April. The roads leading to the island’s monasteries, which are considered some of the island’s main tourist attractions and are visited by about half of Tinos’s religious tourists every year, have also suffered great damage. Farmers are staying optimistic although they have not only lost livestock but also part of their land, when the stone walls built to retain their fields gave way. Despite the ordeal, they feel that for the first time the State is by their side and they are hoping that all intentions to help them will not be lost somewhere in the bureaucratic process.

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