Athens Greece’s second largest island, Euboea, was flooded last summer months after a catastrophic wildfire destroyed nearly a third of its forest cover.
No one was killed or injured by the heavy rain that hit the northern part of the island, but dozens of residents had to move out of flooded homes, roads impassable, and beaches lined with nearby mountains that are not currently vegetated. It was filled with slippery soil.
Officials investigating the damage announced that the government would accelerate a €20 million ($23 million) program to support affected areas as local officials called for action.
Storms have lashed northern and central Greece since Thursday, causing heavy rains. The Meteorological Center on Mount Perio, near northern Ivia in mainland Greece, has recorded 700 mm (27.5 inches) of rain since Thursday, with more expected Sunday night and Monday.
In Greece’s worst heat wave in more than 30 years, nearly 300,000 acres of forests, shrubs and fields in various parts of Greece were gutted this summer. According to data from Beyond, the National Astronomical Observatory of Athens research center, more than a third of the affected area, or about 115,106 acres, was in northern Euboea.
Scientists say there is no doubt that climate change is causing extreme events such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and hurricanes by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.
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