Cyprus Mail

Anastasiades offers help after flooding deaths in north (Update 2)

The scene in Kyrenia during the week (Photo Kibris Gazetesi)

President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday the Greek Cypriots were ready to provide any assistance to the north after at least four people died in flash floods.

Anastasiades spoke to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to offer any help they needed and to express his condolences for the loss of life. Akinci responded that the situation was now under control.

At least four people are believed to have been killed in flooding in the north of the island as torrential rain wreaked havoc, especially in the Kyrenia area.

Three youths died and one was still missing, as torrential rain wreaked havoc, especially in the Kyrenia area.

The authorities have recovered the bodies of three people so far, thought to have been travelling in a car that was swept away by a torrent near Kyklos, in the Kyrenia area. A fourth person who was also a passenger is missing. The dead are Gaye Soyutok, 18, Tolga Bekci, 21, and Ahmet Kilic, 23.

Rescue crews had tried to pull the car from the ravine it was swept in at 1am but failed due to heavy rain. Haber Kibris reported that the biggest damage was caused in Kyrenia, Karavas, and Lapithos. Rivers burst their banks, causing damage in the north of Nicosia and forcing the partial closure of a motorway linking the city to Kyrenia. Trees were uprooted and roads sunk while damage was caused to buildings. Images on social media showed cars swept into the sea or submerged in flood water and water gushing through homes.

Because of the bad weather, a number of schools in the north remained closed on Thursday.

There has been a lot of criticism in the north of the uncontrolled construction, often in riverbeds, which is one of the causes of the destruction.

The Cyprus meteorology department issued a yellow warning until 11 am on Friday. It said that thunderstorms, probably accompanied by hail, are expected. Locally, the accumulated precipitation may exceed 50 millimetres in a six-hour period, it said.


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