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eğir­men­lik tem­po­rar­ily on Tues­day a 50-me­tre d with mud

aid down to ent hous­ing itchens at tal af­ter the over­flowed and equip­ment and units in­clud­ing the pathol­ogy, ar­chive and phys­io­ther­apy ser­vices were moved to higher floors as a pre­cau­tion.

Mean­while at­tempts were made to drain wa­ter from a stream bed in Göç­menköy to pre­vent fur­ther flood­ing of the cap­i­tal.

The storm moved fur­ther north on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, bring­ing dev­as­ta­tion to Dik­men, Al­san­cak, Lapta and Girne town cen­tre, where guests at the Vuni Palace Ho­tel were evac­u­ated as flood­wa­ters up to two me­tres deep smashed into dozens of rooms, piled cars on top of each other and swept three into the sea. The ho­tel’s casino was also dam­aged.

The post-storm scene in the Başpı­nar area of Lapta was de­scribed as be­ing “like an earth­quake zone” as the del­uge de­stroyed roads and over­turned cars. A land­slide in the area brought rocks tum­bling down the hill­side into houses.

Fol­low­ing a Met Of­fice warn­ing on Wed­nes­day, ae­rial cam­eras of the Air Sports Fed­er­a­tion were sent up to mon­i­tor stream beds and reser­voirs in the Gaz­i­mağusa area, but no ma­jor flood­ing was re­ported in the town.

Bad weather in the Karpaz saw three fam­i­lies evac­u­ated from their Dip­karpaz homes — at risk of col­lapse — and tem­po­rar­ily moved into bun­ga­lows by the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The Kumyalı-Ziyamet road was flooded and a land­slide hit the Avtepe-Ku­ruova road. Some Ye­nierenköy res­i­dents suf­fered dam­age to house and gar­den walls.

Büyükkonuk Mayor Ah­met Sen­naroğlu said his vil­lage had es­caped se­ri­ous dam­age, while neigh­bour­ing Mehmetçik Mayor Cemil Sarıçizmeli said Bafra was the only area of his mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­fected, with part of the Kaya Artemis Ho­tel flooded.

A cy­clone spotted over the sea be­tween Yayla and Yeşilır­mak on Thurs­day sparked con­cern among lo­cals but dis­si­pated with­out caus­ing any prob­lems.

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