Greece - Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published
General Situation

1. On 15 September 1999, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of the Greek Ministry of Interior released updated figures about the impact of the earthquake which hit the northern suburbs of Athens on 7 September 1999. The report states that 136 persons were killed and 4 people are still missing. Currently only 6 people are hospitalized due to injuries.

2. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection also reported that over 70,000 people are homeless, and the total number of affected population is over 100,000.

3. As far as damages are concerned, 7,746 buildings have been estimated heavily damaged (under demolition) and 29,931 partly damaged (under repair), while 36 fully collapsed. Several schools have been reported as totally destroyed and four industrial plants totally damaged, with a number of small industrial plants partly damaged.


4. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece indicated that at this stage, tents, beds, mattresses and chemical toilets are needed to assist the homeless. In addition, a more durable solution for accommodation, preferably containers, is needed/required. In order to avoid duplication of efforts, the Special Secretariat for Crisis Management at the Ministry of Interior (Operational Point of Contact) can be reached at the following numbers:

- Tel No.: +30-1-324-8102, or +30-1-324-8089 or +30-1-335-9900,
- Fax No.:+30-1-335-9935.

National and International Respone

5. The international SAR teams have left Greece.

6. The Hellenic Red Cross is providing three meals per day to 53,720 people. The Society has also distributed tents, mattresses and blankets. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden, have contributed cash, shelter materials and other relief items. On 8 September 1999, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has appealed for CHF 750,000 (approx. USD 490,000) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries with immediate relief.

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

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

Telephone number: +41-22-917 12 34
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