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Cyprus Internet Directory [ ‘We are haunted by crimes of the past’ ]

‘We are haunted by crimes of the past’

LIMASSOL Mayor Andreas Christou yesterday blamed both the private sector and the state for the inadequate infrastructure that worsened the damaged caused by this week’s heavy rains.

“We are haunted by crimes of the past - not just those of private stakeholders but also of the state itself,” said Christou.

The mayor said any initiatives taken so far at boosting infrastructure were simply not adequate. “Investments in drainage systems of over €50 million have been done, pipes have been cleared and old sewers have been replaced, but this quantity of water cannot be absorbed,” he said.

“We have had problems in the usual three or four areas of town where the necessary drainage systems have not been constructed,”

Limassol’s western areas of Zakaki, Omonoia, Polemidia, Ekali, and the Tsirion area were devastated by the heavy rain that fell on Thursday afternoon. At Tsirion two women were at risk as they were close to being swept away by the water. An electricity blackout meant that a whole block at Tsirion, including houses, afternoon schools, restaurants and shops, and a segment of Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue were left without electricity for hours.

The Limassol seafront road, the Ayia Fyla roundabout and the Medieval Castle area were practically inaccessible to cars for hours. Meanwhile traffic chaos reigned throughout the town, aggravated by the fact that nine traffic lights at central junctions went out.

The Limassol Fire Service received over 200 telephone calls to provide assistance to drivers trapped in their cars, flooded basements and shops filled with water at the town’s centre. “The pumping of water from establishments and roads continued until 2am,” said Andreas Nikolaou, Limassol Fire Service Director.

Clean-up crews yesterday morning faced the daunting task of cleaning up debris and mud, but by early afternoon the skies opened up again. Three District Office crews yesterday visited areas where damage was caused and will evaluate applications for compensation. Members of the public can apply for compensation by calling the District Office. Until yesterday it had received 35 calls related to water damage in private homes, five from shops and 12 for damaged cars.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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