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Six tourists killed, 60 injured after hail storm batters Greece

botchway July 12, 2019

Six tourists have died and more than 60 were injured after a powerful hail storm swept through northern Greece.

Officials said the violent storm hit the popular tourist region of Halkidiki late on Wednesday, knocking over trees and power pylons, blocking roads and causing power outages. It only lasted around 20 minutes.

Two people were killed by falling trees and another two, said to be a Czech couple, died when gale-force winds overturned the vehicle they were in, which is believed to have been a caravan.

A 54-year-old mother and her son were killed after an outdoor restaurant’s lean-to roof collapsed, authorities said.

Haris Lazaridis, owner of the tavern, said that over 100 people were sheltering under the roof at the moment of its collapse.

“For five minutes it was hellish,” he told AFP. “There was panic, people were howling and running to hide inside.”

According to emergency services, around 65 people were also injured, of whom 35 were taken to hospital.

A state of emergency has been declared in the region, which is a popular tourist destination.

Credit: yahoo.com

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