Greek holiday island battles to recover from deadly quake

The 6.7-magnitude tremor also left hundreds more injured in the Turkish resort of Bodrum, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) across the sea from Kos.

Greek holiday island battles to recover from deadly quake

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Greek holiday island of Kos on Saturday was struggling to recover from a quake that killed two people and injured hundreds, with tourists facing flight delays and the damaged main harbour closed for a second day.

"Given the amount of people outside at the time, having only two victims is a miracle," deputy Kos mayor David Yerasklis told Kathimerini daily.

The undersea quake struck at 1:31 am Friday (2231 GMT Thursday) between Kos and Bodrum.

At the time, tourists in both places were out enjoying the nightlife.

On Kos, the upper facade of a two-storey nightclub collapsed on people outside, killing a 22-year-old Swede and a 39-year-old Turk.

Another 120 people were hurt, seven of them seriously, while some 360 people were injured in Bodrum -- many after jumping out of windows. 

The badly injured on Kos were flown to hospitals in Athens and Crete, including two men from Sweden and Norway who are in critical condition.

The hospital on Crete on Saturday said the 23-year-old Norwegian -- who had lost his lower leg early on -- had to have his other leg amputated.

The 21-year-old Swede has serious head injuries and broken bones.

Police on Friday had given their nationalities in the inverse order.

Another 20 people remained hospitalised in Turkey, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who sent his sympathies.

"Hardship, like joy, is shared where neighbours are concerned," Yildirim said.

Kos is one of Greece's top travel destinations, and particularly popular with British, German and Scandinavian tourists.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2017, 17:32