The catastrophic rapid flood that destroyed several famous places in Crete several days ago is a topic that is still present in the media. Journalists are still watching how affected people deal with this difficult situation. However, this is not the only topic related to the flood that attracts the attention of local media. The editors at flashnews.gr looked at the weather disasters that have occurred in Greece and in Crete itself over the past 22 years.
They analyzed data collected by the National Observatory in Athens. It turns out that a total of 540 weather events were registered in Greece in the years 2000-2022, in which 260 people lost their lives. These events also resulted in numerous material losses, damaged infrastructure and transport problems.
Over the years, Crete experienced 95 violent weather events with socio-economic impact, 43 of which, almost half of which were related to floods. Due to such violent events caused by atmospheric phenomena in Crete, 25 people lost their lives. It is worth noting that almost half of them died during the flood. We remind you that two more people died during the last one.
Agia Pelagia, October 2022 Source of the photo flashnews.gr
Based on data from the Athenian observatory, it is also known that most of these events concentrated mainly in the northern part of the island. 58 such events concerned the Chania region and 48 the Heraklion region. Negative weather phenomena occurred much less frequently in the regions of Rethymno (19) and Lassithi (21).
Map of weather disasters in Crete. Source: flashnews.gr
Continuous updating of the database of adverse weather phenomena allows the identification of areas that are most exposed to weather disasters. The ideal would be to learn lessons and build effective infrastructure to mitigate the effects of disasters. However, the events of recent days show that we will certainly have to wait for such actions.