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Turkish Cypriots issue health warnings in wake of deadly floods

People watch a flooded area of Kyrenia last week

The Turkish Cypriot administration warned the public on Wednesday of the possible spread of contagious diseases in the north in areas hit by the recent floods.

Water from the recent floods may have infiltrated water and sewerage systems, the announcement said, adding that following such disasters as the one that hit northern Cyprus last week, there is a high possibility of the spread of contagious diseases which begin to show signs from the fourth day onwards.

Such diseases, the ministry added, can be transmitted through furniture or buildings affected by the floods, as micro-organisms which can cause various skin diseases penetrate the material of the furniture and stick to the walls.

The ‘health ministry’ in the north urged the public to stay away from areas and homes affected by the floods and refrain from driving their vehicles on roads affected by the recent floods.

The public is also urged to stay away from exposed and cut electric wires, and to take immediate action to stop the potential spread of mice and snakes.

Children under no circumstances should be allowed to play in stagnant flood waters.

The public is asked to drink only bottled water or water that has previously been boiled at 100C. Residents in the affected areas should seek expert evaluation of the water quality in their homes.

Last week, torrential rain wreaked havoc in the north of the island, especially in the Kyrenia area, killing four people.

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

 


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