Greece - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0142
11 September 1999


1. On 10 September 1999 OCHA received an information message from the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Greek Ministry of Interior. The report states that since the earthquake, which hit Greece on Tuesday, 7 September, 755 aftershocks have been felt across Athens, including 17 aftershocks that registered a magnitude between 4.0 and 4.8 on the Richter Scale. According to the media, the death toll has reached 106 today.

2. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection also reported that 85 persons were rescued alive and more than 2,000 persons have been injured. Approximately 20,000 people are homeless.

3. Most of the damage occurred in the northern suburbs of Athens, especially in the municipalities of Menidi, Metamorphosis, Ano Liossia, and Nea Filadelfeia. A first assessment conducted by engineers tasked by the Ministry of Environment and Public Works (PEXODE) indicates that out of 10,000 buildings, 2,100 have to be demolished, 4,000 need to be repaired and the rest is considered to be habitable.

National and International Response

4. The Greek Government is coordinating all activities through the Prefecture of Attica and the municipalities. The operational activities include SAR, distribution of relief material and official inspection and damage assessment.

5. Up to Friday, 10 September, the Ministries of Health and Defence of the Hellenic Republic have provided 8,782 tents as well as thousands of blankets to the affected population.

6. The Hellenic Red Cross has established 11 distribution centres to provide meals and other relief supplies. Medical and psychological support is also underway through these centres. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from Finland, Germany, Iran, Macedonia, and Turkey have contributed shelter materials and other relief items.


7. In order to avoid duplication of efforts, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece indicated that at this stage, tents, blankets, chemical toilets, and generators are needed to assist the homeless. The Special Secretariat for Crisis Management at the Ministry of Interior (Operational Point of Contact) can be reached at, Tel No.: +30-1-324-8102, or +30-1-324-8089 or +30-1-335-9900, FaxNo.: +30-1-335-9935

8. For coordination purposes donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

9. This situation report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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