Farmers to get flood relief aid

Farmers in northern Greece are to be compensated for damage suffered over the last few days due to heavy rainfall just three months before their normal harvest time, said Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos. Bassiakos, who was visiting the areas of Xanthi and Kavala, said on Thursday that farmers will be included in the state compensation program as soon as possible. «We are paying for the negligence of past years. If we had set aside funds for infrastructure in the past, we would not have to be discussing compensation now,» the minister said. Hundreds of farmers in Trikala have seen their farms disappear under lakes that have appeared across farmland this week due to the heavy rainfall. Kavala was also hard hit, with thousands of acres of vineyards being destroyed. In the nearby areas of Nea Peramos and Nea Iraklitsa, rescue operators received more than a hundred calls of help from homes. Some 300 houses and stores are said to have flooded, according to initial estimates.

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