DISA STRI

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

THREE days of tor­ren­tial rain brought mis­ery for home­own­ers and mo­torists, with long tail­backs as roads were blocked or closed and fur­ni­ture and pos­ses­sions left in muddy wa­ter as homes and busi­nesses were in­un­dated.

Schools were dam­aged — and later closed on Thurs­day and yes­ter­day, along with uni­ver­si­ties — and part of the cap­i­tal’s state hos­pi­tal was flooded as the storm kicked in on Tues­day morn­ing and es­ca­lated to dis­as­trous pro­por­tions dur­ing Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Lapta, Al­san­cak and Dik­men and Girne’s Vuni Palace Ho­tel were among the worst hit, while the thun­der­storms also caused power out­ages across the coun­try.

Coun­cil, civil de­fence, po­lice and fire bri­gade teams swung into ac­tion as calls for help came in as the storm hit from 2am on Tues­day — start­ing in the cap­i­tal be­fore cen­tring on the north­ern coast and Beş­par­mak moun­tain slopes.

Parts of Le­fkoşa — in­clud­ing Girne Gate, the in­dus­trial es­tate and the hos­pi­tal — were first to ex­pe­ri­ence flood­ing, along with the Er­can fly­over and ar­eas in the Me­sao­ria plain. Trees were up­rooted in front of Par­lia­ment and in Göç­menköy, GönyeliYenikent, Haspo­lat, Taşkınköy and Değir­men­lik.

The Girne-D moun­tain road was closed to traf­fic o af­ter­noon af­ter a stretch was del­uged and stones.

Sand­bags were l pro­tect the baseme gen­er­a­tors and k Le­fkoşa State Hospi Gönyeli reser­voir

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