By YASEMİN GÜLPINAR
An assessment of the damage was underway this week as officials feared an existing bill of 300 million TL needed to repair and upgrade the country’s transport infrastructure would now be insufficient.
Rivers in other parts of the TRNC burst their banks, as water poured in from overflowing dams and off mountain slopes. Homes and businesses were also flooded.
Schools were shut on Thursday as a precaution, while workers at government offices were sent home early on Wednesday as the downpours intensified.
Officials at the Public Works and Transport Ministry held a “crisis management” meeting, although there had been warnings from the Meteorology Department at the weekend of days of thunderstorms.
Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, accompanied by Health Minister Ali Pilli and local officials, inspected Güzelyurt Dam, where he witnessed millions of cubic metres of water flowing over the top of the structure, carrying with it rubbish and debris that had been dumped inside the Güzelyurt reservoir.
A stream in the region burst its banks, causing water to flow over the Yılmazköy-Çamlıbel main road and flood nearby fields.
A “diversion channel” between Lefke and Cengizköy was inundated after Greek Cypriot workers relieved pressure on a dam in the Troodos mountains by allowing excess water to gush out.
The most damage, however, was caused in the capital with a rainfall at 56kg/m2, even though the most rainfall occurred in Alevkaya at 94kg/m2.
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