Residents of the Greek village of Metamorfosi voted for its relocation. The town was destroyed by flood three times, and the last time such a disaster occurred in September. – We can hope that we will have safe homes – said mayor Petros Kontogiannis.
The town of Metamorfosi was flooded in early September, when the region of Thessaly was hit by the powerful Tropical Daniel rampaging across the Mediterranean Sea. The element brought with it huge rainfall, leading to flooding. 16 people died across the country, including two in Metamorfosi.
Flood had already destroyed the village twice before. Once in 1953 and then again in 1994.
The decision to move the town was made in a vote. There were 142 residents in favor, 14 against and about 15 people abstained, Reuters reported.
“People won’t take it again.”
Metamorfosi is to be rebuilt in the area of the village of Palamas, approximately eight kilometers away. The local authorities approved the plan on Tuesday. The final say will belong to the government, which, however, has already indicated that it is open to the relocation proposal.
– The vote showed that people will not endure this again, said mayor Petros Kontogiannis. – Now we can hope that we will have safe homes – he added.
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