Greek travellers faced major disruption to road and sea transport after strong winds and heavy snowfall that have made conditions even more miserable in the country’s migrant camps.
The heaviest snowfall which hit Greece in 12 years has triggered power cuts, disrupted transport and trapped people in their homes on Monday.
A cold front swept across the country from Saturday, driving temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius in northern Greece and causing rare snowfall in Athens after a period of unseasonably warm weather.
The head of the National Meteorological Service said the snowfall was the “fiercest, in terms of intensity and volume, in 12 years”.
Moreover, power cuts were reported across mainland Greece and on islands off its eastern coast that were lashed by gale force winds, the main power grid operator said.
Greece’s weather agency said the “low temperatures, ice and snowfall” would continue on Tuesday, with the civil protection agency recommending that people avoid travel.