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Consequences for tourism to be considered before Kefalonia gets prefabs

Thousands left homeless after earthquakes on Ionian island

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Any decision on sending prefabs for those made homeless on Kefalonia will have to consider the effects of container settlements on tourism, the general secretary for public works, Stratos Simopoulos, has said

A destroyed structure on Kefalonia (Photo: ANA) A destroyed structure on Kefalonia (Photo: ANA) The government has said it is prepared to sent prefabricated containers to the Kefalonia, where hundreds of people have been left homeless following a week of earthquakes, but that the consequences of setting up temporary settlements on tourism will have to be addressed first.

Before Monday morning's earthquake, which measured 6.0 on the Richer scale, engineers had declared 750 homes unfit for habitation, a number that has now certainly risen. The series of quakes on the island began on January 26, with a 5.9 tremor.

The island is expected to be declared an earthquake stricken area on Tuesday so that repair works can proceed, the secretary general for public works, Stratos Simopoulos, said.

While over a thousand have found refuge in a ferry boat sent to the island as part of the emergency response, hundreds of islanders are spending their days and nights in their cars, amid cold temperatures and heavy rain.

Others have been put up in sports complexes, while some are braving it out in tents.

But any decision on sending prefabs for those made homeless will have to be made in conjunction with the local authorities given the impact temporary container settlements could have for tourism, the general secretary for public works, Stratos Simopoulos, said, according to the state-run ANA news agency.

The sites for the container settlements would have to be prepared first, he underlined. 

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