Wednesday , October 21 2020

Zakynthos:- Mayor closes schools for precaution in wake of Medicane Ianos.

Medicane Cassilda is known to the international community but to Greeks Ianos.

Due to hit Zakynthos over the next few hours our authorities have issued a warning.

All citizens to be on alert, making sure that objects are tied down or put away safely.

Obviously basic common sense is needed in regards to safety. Visitors to our Island will have to hold off on the day at the beach and all are advised to stay in the vicinity of their hotel. This of course is for safety reasons only.

Strict recommendation for citizens to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel in the coming days due to bad weather “Ianos” as the extreme phenomenon of the Mediterranean Cyclone that is expected to hit our country addresses through the researcher of the Department of Physics Atmosphere and Climatology of the Academy of Athens, Stavros Solomos.

Weather conditions will change in Zakynthos from this afteroon, so please be on the alert.

Our Mayor, has also announced that for precautionary measures only that schools will be closed.

Advice as to staying home as been announed wherever possible.

According to the map the storm will be stronger on Friday throughout the day. This is why authorities have asked that circulation be at a minimal and possible not at all. Our emergency services are on full alert, let’s make their job easier by staying at home or at our hotel.


The three instructions given by Hardalias.

Mr. Hardalias, Deputy Minister of civil protection stressed “we call on the citizens of Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Messinia, Ilia, Achaia, Arcadia, Argolis, Boeotia, Etoloakarnania, Fokida, Attica to be on full alert and emphasize our following 3 important guidelines – warnings – alerts.


First, “those who live in areas that have been flooded in the past or are near rivers, streams or the coast line, and if you staying in basement areas, semi-basement or ground floor units please avoid staying in these areas,” said Mr. Hardalias, and advised citizens living in buildings near rivers or coast lines to consider staying elsewhere over the “bad weather” days.


Second, “avoid any unnecessary movement, secure the doors and move to higher levels in the event of flooding.


“Third, do not cross rivers or streams for any reason, whether on foot or while driving.”


The areas that “Ianos” is expected to hit first are:







Emergency numbers just in case-

In Greece, 112 operate in parallel with the emergency services below:-

(166-EKAB/Ambulance, 100-police, 199-fire department) serving all the citizens of the country as well as the citizens who visit our country.

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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