Downpour destroys main road on Mt. Athos

Mt. Athos, April 6, 2020

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The main road on Mt. Athos, leading from the port of Daphne to the administrative center of Karyes, was destroyed in a severe downpour, Sergei Shumilo, Director of International Institute of the Athonite Heritage in Ukraine, reports today.

“As a result of a heavy downpour near Karyes on Mt. Athos, the administrative center of the Holy Mountain, the central road to Daphne was washed away, causing strong landslides,” Shumilo writes.

As the Mountain is currently closed to pilgrims due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were, thankfully, no casualties.

“Since Athos is closed to pilgrims and movement around Athos is limited now, there were no casualties. Under different circumstances, when there would be many pilgrims on Mt. Athos, it wouldn’t have happened with casualties,” Shumilo notes.

It will not be possible to travel on this road for a long time, he concludes.

Mt. Athos has been closed to pilgrims since March 20. Four monks from Xenophontos Monastery who visited Great Britain just before the quarantine regime began have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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