Bureaucracy and irresponsibility played a role in deaths at Mandra floods, inspector gen. says

There may have been extreme weather conditions in the area of Mandra, however, without irresponsibility and bureaucratic inflexibility there may have been no deaths, Inspector General of Public Administration Maria Papaspyrou told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Thursday, commenting on her office’s inspectors’ report on the recent flood that plagued Mandra.

According to Papaspyrou, “fixations and inflexibilities in routine issues as well as wrong evaluation of the priorites impeded the construction of the necessary flood protection works in the region.” The responsibility for the tragedy also appears to have had its root causes in the past, when the old national road of Elefsina-Thebes was constructed on a filled-in stream, and the water drainage pipes that were built could not handle the flood waters. “They did not take under consideration that Mt. Pateras has a rocky gorund that can’t contain rain water,” she explained.

She added that the current report is an interim one, based on data collected so far, while specific failures of responsibilities will be listed in the final report. Nevertheless, she has sent this interim report to the prosecutor, she added.