Cyprus Mail

Nicosia municipality checking old buildings after second collapse

Crews of the Nicosia municipality are scouring the old part of the town and other areas where there are old buildings to check possible hazardous structures after the partial collapse of a dilapidated house in the city centre on Wednesday.

This was the second such incident after an uninhabited house collapsed last week in the centre of Nicosia that probably caved in due to the heavy rainfall across the island throughout the winter months.

The uninhabited building that partially collapsed on Wednesday morning was a Turkish Cypriot property under the responsibility of the interior ministry that manages such buildings.

The other house that collapsed last week had been declared dangerous in 2003 but its owner failed to respond to repeated calls by the municipality to do something about it.

The technical services of the municipality had been asked to carry out checks on all old buildings in the old town and the traditional parts of Ayioi Omologites, Pallouriotissa and Kaimakli. Their task is to check whether their condition had deteriorated due to the heavy rainfall of the past few months.

Nine private offices are assisting municipal crews in the job.

After the checks are over, the municipality’s lists of dangerous structures will be updated and suggestions will be made to the authority as to how to handle the situation.

There are currently 36 buildings listed as dangerous on the municipality’s website. The lists will be updated after the checks are over. A source within the municipality told the Cyprus Mail that just because a building is listed as dangerous, it does not mean it is about to collapse. It might mean some parts of it are unstable such as a balcony, windows or doors.

Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said last week that the municipality is doing its bit but it is up to house owners to keep their buildings in good condition.

Owners must within 15 days from the date they receive a notification from the municipality carry out repairs on their buildings. The suggested work concerns the support of hazardous building sites.

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