Wednesday , October 21 2020

Medicane leaves trail of damage behind. No lives lost.

Zaknthos Informer team would like to thank ALL for the messages received.

We are all safe!  That is the main thing after a rare and dangerous phenomena such as Medicane Cassilda.

The hours between 03.00a.m and 09.00 a.m yesterday morning were the most horrific. Winds blowing at 12beaufort made it difficult for trees to withstand the continual battering. Some brought down power lines, telephone lines while others caused damage to homes and businesses. Luckily no one was hurt.

75 calls for help were registered at our emergency services. Mainly for trees blocking roads,  bring down power lines and causing damage to homes and businesses.

Unfortunately, after the terrifying experience, some Zakynthians are still without power and those who do have power are experience blackouts continually.

We would like to point out that the Power services are working round the clock to get power back on. The damage is enormous and hopefully most of the damage will be fixed by this evening. However, continued efforts will be made to get power back 100%.

As for media and information most of us are relying on t.v due to communications via mobile data not being available nor internet in most places due to phone lines being pulled down.

Some roads had been blocked off so that the fire department and electricity company could remove trees and work on power lines.

Along some coastal resorts businesses are starting to clean up whilst in mountain villages chain saws could be heard as people started their clearing up campaigns.

Generally speaking,  although a full account of the damage will be made over the next few days, Zakynthos withstood the fury mother nature threw at her….. and for those who want to know, the famous shipwreck “panagiotis” stood his ground and didn’t budge.

Here’s a small video I put together from the beginning of Cassilda, the fire department making patrols and the aftermath left as Cassilda made her way across to the mainland. Click below.

YouTube video

We can all breathe a sigh of relief that sunny days will be ahead and that Zakynthos will be in the sunlight again.

 

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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