The General Secretariat for Civil Protection had issued a warning in four languages about dangerous weather conditions on Wednesday, Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas said during a briefing on Thursday on the deadly storm that hit northern Greece overnight.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was immediately informed of the disaster in Chalkidiki peninsula, and has directed that a mission of relevant ministers go in person to the area, Petsas said. The premier has also been directly briefed by the Health Minister about the victims, the government spokesman added.
Speaking of extensive power outages in the area, Petsas said the problem with the Public Power Corporation (PPC) relates to high voltage, adding that electricity will have been restored by Saturday the latest. Extraordinary and direct subsidies for infrastructure repairs will be given to the three municipalities of Chalkidiki most affected by the overnight storm, he added.
Petras pointed out that the European emergency number (112) is not working, and a special meeting with mobile phone representatives will be held on the issue on Friday and the line tested, while respective foreign embassies have been informed about the victims who were foreign nationals.
Asked if Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis plans to visit the area, the spokesman said that it is not the right time for this, but if deemed necessary within the next few days, Mitsotakis will do so.