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Officials have vowed to get tough over blocked watercourses blamed for flooding which devastated part of the Girne area this week after more than  a month's worth of rain fell overnight.

Buildings were inudated and roads closed as Alsancak, Karaoglanoglu, Edremit and Karaman, Zones Said in October to be " in real danger" of flooding, bore the Brunt of Thursday's deluge. The Meteorology Department recored 111mm in Kozankoy on Thursday, While Bogaz received 75mm, Camlibel 54 mm Girne 48mm, Akdeniz 40mm and Mehmetcik 39mm.

Department head Raif Ilker Buran Said the December monthly avarage was 90-91 mm, and warned yesterday there could be more to come, with further downpours forecast for the weekend.

The Rain which began at  2.15am turned roads into impassable torrents, the site of water pipeline laying into deep, water filled trenches, and washed mud and stones into homes, garages and gardens.

Schools were closed and power cut off in several areas as fireman and Civil Defence and municpal teams were called to deal with 25 reports of flooding 10 in Karaoglanoglu from water overflowing out of blocked river and stream beds.

The area had been the focus of recent efforts to clear water courses of debris and other obstacles including garden walls on a housing estate near Ozankoy after Girne Districk Officer Mehmet Envergil warned in an interview with Cyprus Today, of the Flood risk they and illegal consruction posed.


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