The earth opened up and swallowed up the houses: horror in Nea Wutza

Residents of three small apartment buildings in eastern Attica have been evacuated as buildings have sunk nearly 3 meters into the ground due to subsidence following heavy rains.

According to the state broadcaster ERT, the three buildings are located next to each other and were built on the banks of a stream in the village of Neos Vutzas, a suburb of the port city of Rafina.

The village of Neos Voutzas, or Voutsas (Νέος Βουτζάς, ή Βουτσάς), was built on the territory that belonged to the monastery of Penteli. This site was purchased in 1952 by a building cooperative founded by refugees from Butsa (Μπουτζά) in Asia Minor. The place Butsas, or Vutzas, was a suburb of Smyrna and was called in those days “Buka” (“Buca”). The settlement of Neos Voutzas in East Attica was solemnly founded in 1955.

Just above Mati, Neos Voutzas was the epicenter of the tragic 2018 wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, burned thousands of trees and killed 103 people. Ever since the trees stopped holding back water, every heavy rainstorm has flooded the area, causing the water to wash away the soil, according to ERT. In this case, this happened with the foundations of three buildings, which simply “failed”.

Rafina Mayor Vangelis Burnous told ERT that studies are currently underway to determine if the problem will spread to a wider area. He added that there are proven facts: the previous authorities issued licenses for the construction of dozens of sites that did not pass the geological survey.

Residents of three small apartment buildings in eastern Attica have been evacuated as buildings have sunk nearly 3 meters into the ground due to subsidence following heavy rains.

According to the state broadcaster ERT, the three buildings are located next to each other and were built on the banks of a stream in the village of Neos Vutzas, a suburb of the port city of Rafina.

The village of Neos Voutzas, or Voutsas (Νέος Βουτζάς, ή Βουτσάς), was built on the territory that belonged to the monastery of Penteli. This site was purchased in 1952 by a building cooperative founded by refugees from Butsa (Μπουτζά) in Asia Minor. The place Butsas, or Vutzas, was a suburb of Smyrna and was called in those days “Buka” (“Buca”). The settlement of Neos Voutzas in East Attica was solemnly founded in 1955.

Just above Mati, Neos Voutzas was the epicenter of the tragic 2018 wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, burned thousands of trees and killed 103 people. Ever since the trees stopped holding back water, every heavy rainstorm has flooded the area, causing the water to wash away the soil, according to ERT. In this case, this happened with the foundations of three buildings, which simply “failed”.

Rafina Mayor Vangelis Burnous told ERT that studies are currently underway to determine if the problem will spread to a wider area. He added that there are proven facts: the previous authorities issued licenses for the construction of dozens of sites that did not pass the geological survey.



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