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21 July, 2024
 
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Over 200,000 dead animals reported in Thessaly

Minister Avgenakis urges public responsibility in the face of livestock deaths

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

More than 200,000 dead animals have been declared to the Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA) in Thessaly, central Greece, according to Minister of Rural Development and Food Lefteris Avgenakis.

Speaking from the Crisis Coordination Center in Larissa, Avgenakis said that 61,786 sheep and goats, 19,355 pigs, 5,306 cattle, and 123,810 birds have so far been reported dead.

According to Avgenakis, there is difficulty in approaching the livestock units, which results in problems in the collection and management of dead animals.

Avgenakis stated that “dealing with issues concerning public health is the responsibility of all of us,” encouraging individuals to take measures to try and avoid health hazards.

Meanwhile, Greece's government estimates that 1 billion euros will be allocated to Thessaly in 2023, according to a statement by the press representative of the Ministry of National Economy and Finance, Omiros Tsapalos, to state broadcaster ERT.

Of that amount, €600 million is from the supplementary budget and about €400 million from European resources.

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