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Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Crete's inhabitants, Source: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Facebook

Greek PM announces relief measures following Crete earthquake

Greek PM announces relief measures following Crete earthquake

Victims of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake can receive financial support worth EUR 20,000

On 27 September, a strong earthquake of magnitude 5.8 on the Richter scale shook the Greek island of Crete. For many hours after the initial seismic vibration, Crete’s inhabitants witnessed numerous aftershocks.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the island on Tuesday, 28 September, to assess the damage and reveal a framework for state aid. During his visit, he announced the initial relief measures for those who have fallen victim to the devastating natural disaster.

Immediate financial support and accommodation

First, Mitsotakis shared that those who have lost their homes can immediately receive EUR 20,000 from the state. In particular, they can obtain EUR 14,000 in housing assistance and EUR 6,000 in state aid, although the amounts can be adjusted based on the level of damage suffered by inhabitants.

The PM further revealed that the state has made temporary housing available for those who cannot return home. More specifically, it will accommodate victims in tents and empty apartments in Heraklion.

Companies that have been forced to suspend their operations will also receive state aid. Moreover, banks will be lenient and provide the necessary facilities for those who find it difficult to meet their current obligations.

Unfortunately, numerous schools on the island have suffered significant damage. For this reason, pupils and students will not be able to return to in-person classes at the moment. Mitsotakis notes that the government understands how difficult it is for children to be out of school again, especially following the previous months of remote e-learning.

No one will be left behind

Assuring victims that the state will provide all necessary assistance, Mitsotakis declared: “I want to reiterate that the state in all its forms, the central state, the decentralised administration, the region, the municipalities, are in perfect coordination to deal with this natural disaster.”

This statement was echoed by the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Christos who noted that no citizens have been left behind without access to housing, food or care. More importantly, the state will continue working to ensure that victims receive the necessary support.

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