Greek village of Metamorfosi driven to relocate after September floods

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Affected by the floodwaters in September, the residents of the Greek farming village of Metamorfosi want to relocate their community to a safer area.

During Strom Daniel, the central Thessaly region was turned into an inland sea with sixteen people killed including a man and his mother who drowned in their homes.

For many residents the consistent change to the climate has left many terrified thinking that they will not be able to survive another dangerous flood.

Local farmer Vassilis Tsatsarelis who has seen the 1953, 1994 and 2023 floods has said that even though he grew up in Metamorfosi, he wants to settle somewhere where there wont be any struggles from the weather.

Part of the damage caused by Storm Daniel in September. Photo: EURACITV.com

To begin proceedings to move, residents held an informal vote on a proposal to erect new homes in the village of Palamas which is 8 kilometres away. The plan will see that the name of the area stays the same and that locals will be moved to a safer place.

In September, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told journalists that the government would consider relocating communities if locals wanted it to be done and only if enough evidence was given to prove that they cannot be protected from flooding events.

Source: Reuters

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