Vuni Hotel suffers flood
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