“Within 10 minutes everything happened in Agia Pelagia. All this disaster, the flash flood, as we call it, happened in a very short period of time,” said the professor of disaster management, Efthymis Lekkas, who arrived today in emergency Crete.
Mr. Lekkas, after conducting a first autopsy on the disasters left behind by the bad weather, spoke of a huge disaster, saying that “the largest amount of rain fell on Agia Pelagia”.
In fact, Mr. Lekkas explained that “With a channeling of the water that fell in the upper area, it swept away volumes of mud and soil along with objects. It came down like a tsunami wave towards the sea, taking everything away.”
“No flood control project would have been able to stop such a disaster”
At the same time, the Professor of Disaster Management emphasized that no anti-flooding project would be able to stop such a disaster “due to the large volume of water but also mainly because the entrances to the projects were isolated by objects, trees, cars that had drifted away and could not to function”.
Finally, Mr. Lekkas pointed out that this is a phenomenon of the climate crisis and “we have to see how we can manage it”.
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