Fierce storm kills 7 in Greek tourist peninsula

Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, authorities said Thursday.

Six tourists including two children were killed — two each from the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania — in the northern peninsula of Halkidiki, near Greece’s second city Thessaloniki, in the storm late Wednesday.

Relatives have since identified the body of a local fisherman in his sixties who had been missing since the storm and was later found in the sea.

“There was panic, people were howling and running to hide inside,” said Haris Lazaridis, owner of a tavern where a 54-year-old woman from Romania and her son were killed when the roof blew off.

“For five minutes it was hellish,” Lazaridis told AFP. He added that more than 100 people had been sheltering under the roof.

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