Greeks divided by dam project

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MESOHORA (Reuter) - An EC-financed plan to divert part of Greece's longest river from one side of the country to the other has provoked a torrent of anger from ecologists.

Athens said the Akheloos river project would irrigate the Thessaly plain, generate hydro-electric power and flush out polluted rivers but ecologists said it would cut a trail of destruction through the mountains above this remote village.

The project will dam two gorges, inundating more than 500 homes and a Byzantine monastery decorated with frescoes showing the judgement of the damned.