NEWS

North worst hit by bad weather

Central Macedonia was the part of Greece worst affected by last month’s violent rain and snowstorms, immediately followed by Crete, according to figures announced by the government yesterday. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis said the administrative region of central Macedonia would receive 15.8 million euros for damage caused to water, sewerage and irrigation networks as well as country roads. Crete will get 13 million, and Thessaly 11.7 million, while a further 11.4 million has been earmarked for central Greece. The area least affected was the Ionian Islands. Vast expanses of arable land were inundated in northern and central Greece during rainstorms last month which also wreaked destruction on major roads in the Peloponnese, while the Cyclades were also badly hit. And heavy snowfall led to scores of mountain villages being cut off. The overall bill is expected to be well in excess of 600 million euros.