By KEREM HASAN
The pipe, which runs 80km across the sea, at a depth of 250m from Anamur to the Geçitköy dam in North Cyprus – was seen floating on the sea on Thursday, five miles into sea from the Turkish mainland.
The project, that cost 1.6 billion TL and dubbed ‘Project of the Century’, has burst in five years after it was officially inaugurated in October 2015 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his TRNC counterpart Mustafa Akıncı.
It is designed to supply the TRNC with water for a time span of 50 years. Of the 75 million m3 water, 37.76 million m3 is being used for consumable purposes and the remaining part for irrigation.
Officials told Cyprus Today that work has been started to determine the cause of the breakage and that work would be started – weather pemitting – to fix the pipe.
Speaking to Cyprus Today, Water Works department head Tarkan Çeki confirmed the pipe had “snapped” at a point “five miles out to sea from Anamur, Turkey”.
“We believe the pipeline broke 250m below the sea due to undersea turbulence and bad weather conditions.
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