- Title: GREECE: AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DIE IN HEAVY STORMS
- Date: 12th January 1997
- Summary: ATHENS/ CORINTH/ ARGOS, GREECE (JANUARY 12, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) ATHENS, GREECE 1. TV TRAFFIC IN STREETS STORM, LIGHTNING AHEAD 0.08 2. TV RAIN IN STREETS 0.15 3. GV SKY LIGHTS UP WITH FLASH OF LIGHTNING 0.22 4. LV GARBAGE IN STREETS 0.29 5. LV STREETS FLOODED WITH WATER 0.37 6. LV BULLDOZERS CLEARING RUBBLE (2 SHOTS) 0.48 7. SLV POLICEMAN BY CAR; TRAFFIC; CAR STUCK IN WATER (3 SHOTS) 1.07 8. SLV MAN WALKS IN BETWEEN SLOW MOVING TRAFFIC 1.18 CORINTH, GREECE 9. TV STREET WHERE DOZENS OF CARS ARE BEING CARRIED AWAY BY RIVER OF WATER (3 SHOTS) 2.03 10. TV SMASHED CARS PILED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER 2.07 ARGOS, ATHENS 11. SCU RIVER OF WATER RAGING THROUGH STREET 2.15 12. LV LARGE VEHICLE REVERSES IN WATER 2.21 13. SLV CARS PILED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, SMASHED CARS (4 SHOTS) 2.36 14. SLV CAR ON IT'S SIDE AS MAN WALKS BY WITH HIS TROUSERS ROLLED UP TO HIS KNEES AND SMOKING A CIGARETTE 2.40 15. SLV SMASHED CAR SUBMERGED IN WATER IN THE STREET 2.44 16. SCU WOMAN SAYING (UNIDENTIFIED) MY BROTHER TRIED TO TIE THE CARS SO THEY WOULDNT FLOAT AWAY. WE FEARED FOR THE STORE, THAT THE WINDOWS WOULD SMASH. WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD. (GREEK) 2.52 17. SCU MAN SAYING (UNIDENTIFIED) THAT WE WERE SAVED WAS A MIRACLE. IT WAS LIKE A RIVER EVERYTHING WAS DESTROYED. IT LEFT NOTHING IN ITS PATH. (GREEK) 3.04 18. SLV CARS PILED UP IN THE STREET 3.10 19. LV/SLV BUS SUBMERGED IN WATER 3.21 20. SCU POLICE SMASHING WINDOWS OF BUS 3.32 21. SLV POLICE SEARCHING FOR PEOPLE IN BUS (2 SHOTS) 3.47 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ATHENS; ARGOS AND CORINTH, PELOPONNESE COAST, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Duration: 00:03:42
- Story Text: - INTRO: At least
three people have been killed in dramatic storms in Greece. The damage was
severe with power cuts in some areas. In some towns, scores of cars were swept
down the streets which had turned into wild rivers.
One person drowned when a bus was swept up in the flooding near Corinth 85 kms
(50 miles) west of the Greek capital Athens.
Two others died near the western port of Patras.
Extensive damage was reported to hundreds of homes, shops and other buildings
around the country. In Corinth flood waters churned throughout the town and came
up to window sills.
Live television reports from Corinth showed scores of empty cars being swept
through the streets like toy boats. The streets throughout the town centre were
turned into raging rivers.
Electricity was cut in a number of places and telephones were knocked out. A
central area of Athens, from Patission to Omonia Square, was without electricity
for several hours.
Heavy damages were reported throughout the Peloponnese peninsula, western areas
near Larissa and suburbs of Athens.
Rail lines and streets around Athens were heavily flooded and water a metre
(about three feet) deep flowed through suburbs and central intersections.
Athens' fashionable northern suburb of Kifissia was awash, with water lapping
against windows of boutiques and shops.
Streams of garbage swept through the streets of the district, piling up along
sidewalks and shop windows.
In other parts of the country major roads were flooded causing huge traffic
jams. In Athens piles of garbage floated in the streets after an ongoing
municipal workers strike had caused the buildup of rubbish on street corners.
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