(Bloomberg) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday to seek EU support after last week’s floods that left at least 15 dead and destroyed farmland and villages .
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“I am sure that Europe will support our country financially,” Mitsotakis said on Sunday evening from Larisa, one of the towns affected by Storm Daniel in central Greece. Europe is spending a lot on the region’s green transition, but not much to tackle the looming consequences of climate change, he said.
The storm affected approximately 72,000 hectares (278 sq mi), destroying farmland, roads and bridges and flooding entire villages. The region of Thessaly was the hardest hit, with livestock drowning and entire crops of cotton, corn, tomatoes and apples destroyed.
The main highway between Athens and Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city, remains closed and power has not yet been restored in several areas. Authorities are quickly collecting, burying or burning thousands of dead animals to prevent the spread of disease.
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