Greece: Most of its Cities paralysed for 2nd day after heavy snowfall

After heavy snowfall caused hours of travel disruptions and power outages, much of Greece was paralysed for a second day.

In the Attica area, as well as Crete and many Aegean Sea islands, there were widespread governmental and private sector closures. To dissuade people from travelling unnecessarily, the authorities declared that the shutdowns would be extended until Wednesday.

Only snow chains were allowed on major highways in Athens and the surrounding region. Meanwhile, a media reported that officials were clearing fallen trees from roadways where thousands of cars had been abandoned since Monday. 

Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides told Greek national radio ERT that over 3,500 people were evacuated from a roadway connecting the city and the airport on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, over 1,200 automobiles were still stranded on the Attiki Odos highway, with many travellers detained for hours due to accidents. Some people abandoned their automobiles and went to neighbouring stations, while others slept in the cold. Doctor Giannis Nasios was one of them, and he released brief films on social media.

"It's 2022, and there was snowfall, but we expected it." My foot is currently sinking up to the knee in the snow. "The situation is horrible," he remarked, criticising the crisis management mechanism's response. 

"There are hundreds of people on Attiki Odos, there is no information from authority," Rania Kostaki, a DJ and radio producer, said on social media. Earlier, an ambulance struggled to cross the road." Kostaki claimed she arrived at the airport around midday on Monday and took 16 hours to get home.

"No one notified us the road ahead was closed, so we realised we were stranded after a few minutes," journalist Kostas Fouzas told local media. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Prime Minister, has asked the corporation that operates the highway tolls to compensate individuals with 2,000 euros ($2,260) every stranded car.

The government also stated that more than 200 passengers who were stuck on trains on Monday will get compensation of 1,000 euros.

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