By Serpil Kadirlar
Violent storms have ensued across the country as North Cyprus endures some of the heaviest rain storms in decades. The worst hit locations are Kyrenia including Alsancak, Lapta, as well as Dikmen and Lefkoşa. The storms have so far claimed the lives of three people. The body of a male found around the Ciklos region was first discovered in a ravine this morning. Two more bodies- a male and a female- were later found in the Dogankoy area of Kyrenia. The victims have not yet been identified. Police are asking that citizens contact the police in the event of missing persons.
The TRNC Disaster and Emergency Management Committee has released a statement urging the public to take necessary precautions. The advice is as follows:
-Park in secure locations, only drive if it is absolutely necessary.
-Keep valuables in a secure location within your home.
-Take necessary measures to prevent water entering homes.
-Ensure that gas cylinders, hoses, pipes and water depots kept in gardens are tightly secured in order to prevent them from being dislodged or carried away by the rain.
-Stay away from collapsed power lines and consider them as live wires.
-In the event of a flood, follow the advice and instructions of emergency teams.
Residents of Lefkoşa may use the 24 hour helpline for assistance by dialling ‘ALO185’, or by calling 0392 228 5221.
The TRNC Red Crescent are on standby to provide assistance to residents who have fallen victim to water damage in their homes. For help, the telephone numbers for each district are as follows:
Lefkoşa District Office: 0392 227 71 05
Gazimağusa District Office: 0392 366 73 08
Girne District Office: 0392 81 52 117
Güzelyurt District Office: 0392 71 44 052
İskele District Office: 0392 371 23 13
Lefke District Office: 0392 72 87 886
Fire Service: 199
Civil Defence: 101
The rain is expected to continue until Friday 7th December. The public has been urged to heed the advice given.
Photos: Gundem Kibris