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A power cut in Santorini for a second day in a row

14 August 2013 / 13:08:05  GRReporter
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Almost 24 hours after the accident at the power plant on the island of Santorini, the supply with electricity has not been restored. There was a power cut after an explosion and fire in one of the generators which had reached the second too.

According to mayor Nikolaos Zorzos, it is expected that the problem will be fully resolved by the end of the day. The warship "Chios" arrived in Santorini several hours ago, carrying 12 heavy trucks and electricity generators with a total capacity of 10 megawatts. The mayor calls the Public Power Corporation DEI to invest and install a backup power system to immediately start operating in the event of a similar accident in the future.

DEI has informed that it has started working to repair the damage immediately after the accident.

It has caused a lot of problems to the island which is a world famous tourist destination. Entire regions have remained without electricity and some without water since electric pumps supply them with it.

Despite the attempts by the owners of tourist facilities to deal with the problem using their own generators, the news that Santorini has remained without electricity has been disseminated around the world.

Collage: ethnos.gr

"The island is famous for its magnificent sunsets and the beautiful villages built on the rocks. Santorini is a destination that attracts thousands of tourists each year," reads a message of France Presse. The media referred to the statements of the mayor that the ship transporting the generators would arrive in Santorini after midnight.

"Greece’s Santorini in darkness after power station blaze," informs the international news agency Reuters. "It cut off electricity to one of the most popular tourist destinations," reads the message.

Associated Press reports, "No injuries were reported from the fire, the cause of which was not immediately known" in an article which also reads "Visitors to the Greek resort of Santorini faced candlelit dinners with warm beer after a power station fire left the entire island without electricity for more than eight hours at the peak of the tourist season."

"Santorini fire leaves tourists powerless," writes the British newspaper The Guardian. U.S. media as the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Fox News reported on the accident too.

The Italian agency RaiNews reports on the inconveniences caused by the power cut to the tourists. "The national electricity company is sending generators to boost power on the island."

It is worth noting that the airport of Santorini is functioning normally as it has its own system of generators.

Tags: SantoriniGreek islandsFireSummer seasonTourist visitsPower plant
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