Three days of rainfall in northern Greece threatens Serres crops

Municipal crews and groups of residents on Tuesday were trying to shore up the banks of Strymon River and Lake Kerkini in Serres in northern Greece, which were on the brink of overflowing and threatening thousands of hectares of crops after three days of heavy rainfall in the region and in neighboring Bulgaria.

The Athens-Macedonia New Agency reported that the Strymon River, which runs down from Bulgaria and through the region of Serres before emptying into Lake Kerkini has been rising to alarming level for the past three days, sweeping away parts of its embankments and small dams along its route. Authorities are also concerned about Lake Kerkini and whether it will be able to contain the onrush of water from overflowing and destroying surrounding farmland.