Greece: 6 Tourists Killed, Over 30 Injured In Tornadoes & Hailstorms

Thessaloniki: Six tourists were killed and thirty were critically injured in a frightening tornado and hailstorm in Northern Greece on  Wednesday, reported NDTV.

“Six tourists were killed and at least 30 people were injured during this cyclone,” Charalambos Steriadis, head of civil protection in northern Greece, said.

Dozens more were injured and harmed when strong winds hit the region of Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, authorities added.

The heavy storm which lasted for only 20 minutes killed a Czech couple whose caravan flew away while a Russian man and his son were killed by a falling tree, police reported.

Scattered pieces from a building killed a woman from Romania along with her child. A fisherman aged in his sixties also went missing, as reported by the port police.

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“It was an unprecedented phenomenon,” Steriadis said, adding that Halkidiki had declared a state of emergency.

At least 140 rescue workers were involved in the operation, emergency chief Vassilis Varthakoyannis said. Michalis Chryssohoidis, The minister for citizen protection visited the site on Thursday morning.

Right before the storms, the temperature of Greece had risen to 37 degrees (98 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past two days.

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