“So I experienced the great earthquakes”. A shocking personal testimony. (Second part)

Arriving in Zakynthos and Kefalonia
And arriving in Zakynthos early in the morning. From afar the night the flames seemed to appear, because Zakynthos took fire with the earthquakes. When the ship enters or exits a harbor, there is the staff of the forward machinery and the aft workers. I was in the front passenger, as the machines were steam-powered. The naked is always bow, while the chief and the chief in the stern.

The child of Corfu, a child of the Ionian State, spoke their own language. He waited and exclaimed, “Coming over the night and the coming of Hos, the Divine Grace of Light.” Horror, tortoises and brilliants unconquered. How was the city like that? Only 2 buildings were upright. The National Bank and the Primary School that were built in 1949.  Everything went out. The staff and supplies for Zakynthos, casams, carriages and water from the ship’s tanks. Everything is up and in 2 hours sailing to Kefalonia. Again the procurator when he saw Argostoli, “Lord of the forces, do not be angry with me, not with your wrath with me.”

Everybody went out. Scouts, doctors, took out supplies and medicines. He hatted the boat and started helping my lord. Broken heads, broken hands and legs tied on boards and on chairs for carriages. In short, we would get about 80 wounded and departed to Patras for the Patras hospital and then for the Athens hospital. 
You arrived in Patras. On the waterfront of Patras, all the ambulances of the Ninth Division that was based in the Peloponnese along with doctors and injured persons. All the wounded in the ambulance cars, the ship empty. At night we picked out carriages and trolleys from Patras in bags. And behind Zakynthos and Kefallonia to give the tsaramans and the carriages and again Patras with wounded.

The Royal Vessel “Fighter” was the first Greek naval ship to arrive at the earthquake-stricken islands. 
The other event left behind was the TTT. ie Telegraphs – Telephones – Post offices. The services then used telegraphs with the Mors alphabet. So when they gave the radio operator the text of the devastating earthquakes to pass it on by calling for help and while they all had gone out of the houses and were going to be saved, the radio operator in his task went in and put the radio into operation and handled the radio. But the aftershock that happened at that time threw the roof and the radio was found dead with his hand on the controller transmitting …

The first foreign aid
The first foreign ships that went to help were Israel, which broke off the junior high school. Then English, French, Turkish, Russian, Bulgarian and American. Apart from their presence, many ships loaded on their way to the Ionian Islands.

At the port of Argostoli, the C126 seaplanes arriving from Germany and belonging to the American occupation army brought military doctors and offered their services to the wounded. 
The French Polytechnic, led by the rector who carried out the disaster research, the conclusion he made about the great disaster, was not just the earthquakes, but more so was the age of the buildings and the binders that built the houses, soil and water, the beams on the roofs were snaked and lost their stamina like wood. The city of Agia Efthymia built the French polytechnic with antiseismic regulations and Sami the English Polytechnic.

Covering First Needs The first solution was ties. Tents and a blanket. Other Royal Navy ships also began to come.
All the moves at the beginning were designed to meet the needs before the morning sun came down and the wearers descended, where the landscapes with their mountain plains and the fields favored them to open the airplane door and throw the sacks with the freaks with free fall without parachute.Below, the concentration and distribution teams, mainly from the gendarmerie, the manual labor groups, the Prefecture and the Community officials, were the centers for distributing a tire and a water caravan daily. We also got water from our ship’s stock when we were there. Thousands of people homeless and with the only clothes they wore. 

The first ships were shipyards carrying military campaign cans, Diesel oil-fired petroleum-refueling boats, and tankers carrying water from Patras. Campaign galleries gave breakfast for milk or tea, lunch for lunch, pasta, rice, potatoes, everything from the cauldron and for dinner a can, usually fish.This has addressed the problem of feeding as much as possible and housing, respectively.

The army engineer came and at first with explosives he demolished the dilapidated houses to avoid accidents. These were the first urgent and urgent measures for the support of the affected people who have lost everything from one moment to the next.

The first reconstruction
It would be late August with the beginning of September when the official services of the state began to think about what is coming, because the coming winter in the tents was not right. Houses to be built with new anti-seismic standards were inconceivable to prevent and the second solution, after the tents, was the army toll or wooden constructions. 
The Toll ships and the crews that assembled them arrived by ships of the Royal Navy. Then, with other ships, the timber and materials for the construction of the wooden houses arrived. They did not call them shacks.

The initiative of this solution was the Ministry of Reconstruction and Public Works, with the collaboration of the Army Engineer and the private sector. The expenses were from a donation, but the big money was the Greek state. There were also extraordinary taxes in favor of earthquake-stricken areas.

The garrisons, the craftsmen, the assistants and the manual workers for timber transportation to form the soil and so on were the local craftsmen and carpenters, while hand-assisted soldiers were soldiers from battalions that went to the earthquake-stricken islands.

to be continued

source -www.poulatakefalonias.gr

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