Greece storm: Six tourists killed as wind and hail batter Halkidiki

Six Tourists Killed 30 Injured By Tornadoes Hailstorms In Greece

Six Tourists Killed 30 Injured By Tornadoes Hailstorms In Greece

Dragana Glisic, Serbian Consul in Thessaloniki says that a 13-year-old girl from Serbia was slightly injured, as they were informed from a General Hospital Gennimatas in Thessaloniki, while other six Serbian tourists were admitted to a hospital in Nea Moudania, where 80 tourist of diverse nationalities were also admitted.

Two children were among the six people killed when a severe storm slammed a tourist hotspot in Greece on Wednesday night, leaving more than 140 injured.

A woman and an 8-year-old boy, both Romanian nationals, were killed after a roof caved in at a restaurant in Nea Plagia.

'It is the first time in my 25-year career that I have lived through something like this, ' Athansios Kaltsas, director of the Nea Moudania Medical Centre, where numerous injured were treated for fractures, told Greek television.

"It is the first time in my 25-year career that I have lived through something like this", the medical centre director, Athansios Kaltsas, told OPEN TV.

"It was so abrupt, so sudden", he said.

Meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis told Sky News the conditions were "extremely unusual" for this time of year, as Greece usually experiences hot and dry summers. Some suffered head injuries from trees and other falling objects.

Earlier this week, dramatic footage showed just how close an Italian cruise ship came to smashing into the shore during a dramatic hail storm which lashed the Italian city of Venice.

Authorities said the deaths occurred late on Wednesday in three separate incidents in the Halkidiki region, a popular tourist destination during the summer months that is dotted with seaside resorts.

The freak storm lasted about 20 minutes, according to witnesses interviewed by the state broadcaster ERT.

People look at a damaged restaurant after a storm at Nea Plagia village in Halkidiki region, northern Greece.

Meteorologists forecast it would continue to rain in the area until about 9 a.m. on Thursday. "We mourn for the loss of these souls", said the citizen protection minister, Michalis Chrisochoidis, overseeing operations in the area.

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