Vuni Ho­tel suf­fers flood

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By ANNE CANALP

VUNI Palace Ho­tel suf­fered cat­a­strophic flood da­m­age for the sec­ond time in a decade as news emerged that the flood­ing of around 100 homes in Dik­men could have been averted by a municipality project which has been stalled by landowner ob­jec­tions.

Ho­tel owner Hasan Oskar, cur­rently on a short visit to Tur­key with his fam­ily, voiced hopes that state in­ter­ven­tion would solve the prob­lem.

The ho­tel sits at the very end of the Doğanköy water­course into which the young oc­cu­pants of a car were swept to their deaths from the Le­fkoşa-Girne road on Wed­nes­day night.

The same river bed was the sub­ject of con­tro­versy last year af­ter scores of lor­ry­loads of de­bris from Girne high-rise ex­ca­va­tions were dumped into the ravine on the edge of Bel­la­pais, as re­ported in Cyprus To­day.

A spokesman said: “The main ho­tel build­ing was com­pletely flooded, in­clud­ing kitchens and laun­dry, and is out of ser­vice. We are just clean­ing mud.

“Around 25 cars be­long­ing to casino em­ploy­ees, ho­tel and casino guests and rental com­pa­nies are dam­aged, in­clud­ing seven or eight which went into the sea and 11 which were over­turned.

“All our guests were res­cued and re­lo­cated in other ho­tels.”

In­sur­ers Anadolu In­sur­ance said it would take months to com­plete a re­port on the da­m­age.

In Dik­men, as the cleanup con­tin­ued, mayor Yük­sel Çelebi said yes­ter­day: “We com­pleted a project to avert floods in the vil­lage and ob­tained fund­ing but own­ers of land parcels in­volved ob­jected to the com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der and we were un­able to move for­ward.”

Prime Min­is­ter Tu­fan Erhür­man vis­ited the vil­lage on Thurs­day and Mr Çelebi said: “[He] has now promised that the com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der on the land will be en­forced.”

Three cars parked at the Vuni Ho­tel car park were swept into the sea by the flood­wa­ter

All of the cars in the car park (also pic­tured be­low) were car­ried away by the tor­rents, some end­ing up at the ho­tel en­trance

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