4 killed in floods as heavy rains lash Cyprus

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

FOUR peo­ple were killed in floods in the Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus yesterday, fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall and hail. Lo­cal me­dia said the vic­tims were four peo­ple be­tween the ages of 18 and 23 and all were in a car that was swept away dur­ing heavy rain late on Wed­nes­day.

It was one of the heav­i­est rain­falls in re­cent mem­ory and Turk­ish troops on the is­land joined search and res­cue ef­forts. Turk­ish Cypriot Prime Minister Tu­fan Erhür­man told re­porters that they ex­pected more rain­fall and said they were tak­ing mea­sures.

Flash flood­ing from an iso­lated down­pour is not un­com­mon on the is­land, but sus- tained floods are rare.

“In min­utes, it’s gone from beau­ti­ful sun­shine to freez­ing cold with rum­bles of thun­der in the dis­tance,” one North­ern Cyprus res­i­dent told Reuters. Peo­ple were sewing sand­bags to pre­vent wa­ter seep­ing through win­dow seals and un­der doors, she said.

Im­ages on so­cial me­dia showed cars be­ing swept into the sea or sub­merged in flood wa­ter and wa­ter gush­ing through homes. Rivers burst their banks, caus­ing dam­age in the Cypriot cap­i­tal Le­fkoşa and forc­ing the par­tial clo­sure of a motorway link­ing the city to Grine, a his­toric har­bor town on the north­ern coast.

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