At least one person has died and eight have been injured. when a bridge under construction collapsed in the Greek city of Patras. Among the injured are four in serious condition, who are already hospitalized.
According to local media, at least two other people are still trapped under the rubble and rescue teams are working to free them. “There are people trapped but we don’t know how many”said a spokesman for the fire department.
A large-scale rescue operation is underway with firefighters and ambulances on site.
BREAKING: Partial collapse of a road bridge that was undergoing maintenance work in the city of Patras, #Greece.
Two injured have been taken to hospital, while there are still people trapped in the rubble. pic.twitter.com/9jEAqhIyps
— Insider Corner (@insidercnews) July 23, 2023
The causes of the accident are still unknown. The bridge is located on the road that connects the port of Patras, on the Peloponnese peninsula (southwest), to Athens.
Chain of disasters in Greece
Thousands of tourists have been evacuated on the Greek island of Rhodes due to a huge wildfire out of control. The authorities have transferred them in boats to other safe places on the island. In videos published on social networks, it is observed queues of several kilometers of tourists who, suitcases in hand, walk to nearby beaches to be evacuated.
So far, more than 2,500 tourists have been evacuated with boats from Kiotari and Lardos beach, on the island’s eastern coast, Coast Guard spokesman Nikos Alexíu told private SKAI television.
[Un gran incendio forestal en la isla griega de Rodas obliga a evacuar a más de 2.500 turistas en barco]
Due to the fire, at least seven towns in the center and the eastern coast have had to be evacuated, since the fire has a front of at least 25 kilometers. In total, at least 30,000 people have had to be displaced and, when the evacuation order was given this afternoon, some 8,000 tourists were in the area.