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As deadline for homeowners looms, ministry warns of fines With the November 21 deadline for homeowners’ declaring their properties on the land register looming, and a large proportion of assets still undeclared, authorities warned yesterday that those missing the deadline face fines of between 70 euros and 250 euros per right to each property. Those who declare their properties by December 12 will only have to pay half the prescribed penalties, the Environment and Public Works Ministry said. Attica downpours Heavy rain leads to flooding Heavy rainfall yesterday evening caused flooding and traffic problems in many parts of Attica. The flooding created problems on some of the capital’s main roads, while parts of northern and eastern Attica were left without electricity for a few hours. The fire service received dozens of calls to pump out flooded ground-floor homes and stores in the northern and eastern suburbs as well as in Piraeus. Keratsini, Gerakas, Salamina and Glyka Nera were among the worst-hit areas. Prison conditions Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis yesterday said that the prison reforms heralded by the government are «in the right direction» following a meeting with representatives from an organization lobbying for better conditions in the country’s jails. «The deprivation of freedom in response to a criminal act must not be equated with the degradation of human worth,» he said. Thousands of prisoners yesterday entered the second week of a hunger strike in protest at detention conditions. Charity fraudster The office of the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor yesterday issued a message warning citizens not to take seriously calls from an individual claiming to be the prosecutor and seeking cash donations for charity. According to the statement, the alleged fraudster has called directors of companies, banks and hospitals as well as bishops and other clerics to request donations. «The Supreme Court prosecutor has never sought, and will never seek, contributions on behalf of any third party,» the statement said. Border hauls Police on the Greek-Albanian border seized around 140 kilos of cannabis in two separate hauls yesterday. The bulk of the drugs – 90 kilos – was confiscated from an Albanian national caught near the village of Pyrsoyianni. The drugs had been concealed in four sacks being carried by two donkeys. One of the sacks also contained a Kalashnikov assault rifle, police said. The other haul of 50 kilos of cannabis was confiscated from a car stopped near the border. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Attiko at risk The Attiko Hospital, the country’s largest university hospital, may be forced to close due to a severe shortage of staff, according to research carried out by Skai. The hospital has 670 unfilled vacancies for medical staff and only five of its 14 surgeries are operating, the research has revealed. Staff on duty at the hospital are overworked and staging strike action, with many threatening to resign, according to Dimitris Kremastinos, president of the hospital’s expert advisory board.