Today's media in Crete was shocked by the tragedy in Agia Fotia , which we reported in the morning. A rock that broke off the slope during the night crushed two rooms in the guesthouse, killing one of the people who were in this apartment. At this point, we know more details about this tragedy. There are also opinions about the causes of this event.
In the film by Nikos Sarantos you can see huge rock formations that still threaten the buildings
The fire commander, who was involved in many earthquake rescue operations, says that today was one of the most difficult he has participated in and will be one of those that will remain in his memory for a long time. The apartment in which the tourist family was located had two rooms. The first one was destroyed in half and the search for the victims began from there. Rescuers estimated that if someone was to survive, he had a better chance of survival in this room. As it turned out, they accurately assessed the situation, because it was in this room that the father and his 9-year-old son were found. Apart from minor abrasions, the man came out of this situation unscathed. A child who was partially covered with rubble has broken legs, but his life is not in danger.
The child's mother was found only after a few hours in the remains of the second room. Using thermal imaging cameras and manually removing the rubble, the rescuers finally reached the woman's body. As the people directly involved in the action say, she was lying on the bed without any visible injuries. This means that she most likely suffocated under the rubble while she was sleeping.
After the accident and the end of the rescue operation, engineers from the Crete region and a geologist went to the crash site to assess the situation. Unfortunately, there is a serious threat to the remaining buildings, as other large pieces of rock that broke away from the hill endanger the safety of other residents. Efthymios Lekkas, a disaster management specialist, stresses that the building stability and geological behavior of the area need to be investigated. The last heavy rains that hit Crete two weeks ago probably contributed to this disaster. Additionally, Lekkas noticed that the guesthouse where the tragedy occurred was built in a very bad location and that the area has always been prone to rock landslides. It was obvious that one day such an event would happen. In 1980, when this building was erected, there were no relevant legal regulations, but later, after their introduction, nothing was done.